WWE Atlanta Event to Continue After Possible ISIS Threat
After reports that online group Anonymous uncovered information of a possible attack, the group tweeted on Sunday that they had nothing to do with the rumors.
A WWE event scheduled for Sunday evening in Atlanta, Georgia is continuing to go as planned after the FBI responded to a possible ISIS attack at the venue. The WWE Survivor Series is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
The FBI responded to reports of a possible threat in a statement to Atlanta news station WSB-TV (Channel 2 Action News).
“The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia venue and event,” said the agency. "While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time. We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe.”
Regardless of the threats, the WWE, Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena also released a statement to WSB-TV stating that Sunday's event will continue as planned.
"Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities have confirmed there is no specific or credible information involving a threat against tomorrow's WWE Survivor Series at Philips Arena," read the statement. "However, WWE and Philips Arena have coordinated with the appropriate agencies and law enforcement, and significantly increased security measures to ensure the safety of all those in attendance, which is our highest priority."
The statement continues: "Doors will open at 6 p.m. to help fans avoid any delays in entering the arena due to the additional precautionary security procedures put in place. Fans are encouraged to take public transportation (MARTA) to the event and are advised that bags will not be permitted in the arena."
According to the International Business Times, the online group Anonymous released information suggesting that ISIS was planning to attack the WWE event. Anonymous, who has declared war against ISIS, tweeted on Sunday afternoon that they "did not spread any rumors" about the possible threat.
We did not spread any rumors about possible future ISIS attacks, and frankly, we do not know where the rumors come from.— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) November 21, 2015
Our last update for #OpISIS We are not affiliated with the operation. Please follow the affiliated accounts and fact-check before reporting.— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) November 21, 2015