Police warn that the upcoming US Open Tennis Championships to be held at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York may be a potential terrorist target after appearing on a wish list of terror targets in the Spring 2014 edition of Inspire, an online magazine published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
In the article, Car Bomb in America, in the most recent edition of Inspire, contains detailed instructions on how to build a car bomb and specifically advises to place the bomb at large, densely populated gatherings instead of in buildings.“This type of car bomb is used to kill individuals and not buildings. Therefore, look for a dense crowd.”
The instructions on creating a bomb in Inspire are part of what the authors of the magazine call “open source jihad,” which enables terrorists to train for jihad-related activities at home rather than having to travel abroad. According to Inspire, open source jihad provides “a resource manual for those who loathe the tyrants; includes bomb making techniques, security measures, guerilla tactics, weapons training and all other jihad related activities.”
Among the suggested targets of this particular car bomb were tennis stadiums, since “they are visited by thousands of people, and high profile people, especially the US Open.”