The hacktivist group Anonymous claims to have uncovered ISIS plans to attack multiple locations Sunday — including a threat to a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Survivor event being held in the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition to the attack reportedly planned in Atlanta, Anonymous revealed that there are also plans from ISIS to attack multiple venues in Paris, just days after the devastating attacks in the French capital; a concert featuring the band Five Finger Death Punch in Milan, Italy; the University Pastoral Day in Lebanon; a celebration known as the Al Jihad, One Day One Juz in Indonesia; and the global Catholic Church celebrations devoted to the Feast of Christ the King.
Along with the list of areas and events being targeted by ISIS, Anonymous also released a statement, stating that their goal is to alert the people planning to attend the events to the possibility of a terrorist attack, as well as an even bigger goal of, perhaps, forcing ISIS to cancel the attacks.
“The goal is to make sure the whole world, or at least the people going to these events, know that there have been threats and that there is possibility of an attack to happen. Another goal is to make sure Daesh [the Arabic name for ISIS] knows that the world knows and cancels the attacks, which will disorientate them for a while.”
According to the New York Daily News, although the FBI is taking the ISIS threat against the WWE event being held in Atlanta seriously, the FBI also said that they do not have “specific or credible information” that the Philips Arena wrestling match is an actual ISIS target.
“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,” said a statement released by the FBI.
In response to the reports of a potential attack from ISIS, WWE officials say that the show will go on.
“WWE Survivor Series is currently scheduled as planned while we investigate the matter with federal, state and local authorities,” WWE said in a statement. The Survivor Series is one of WWE’s four original pay-per-view wrestling competitions, held first in 1987. The event planned for Sunday will feature seven face-offs that will include the Diva’s Championship match.