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Police: No credible ISIS threat to SouthPark mall

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say there is no evidence of a real terrorist threat against SouthPark mall, despite a report on a website that caused a social media stir Sunday in Charlotte.

The rumors spread after a website reported on a series of tweets by people that mentioned a possible threat against the mall by a supporter of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, the fundamentalist Islamic group trying to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

The website’s report spread rapidly across Charlotte on Sunday, gaining the attention of police and Charlotte city officials.

A CMPD spokeswoman, Officer Jessica Wallin, issued a statement for the department later Sunday, saying police are “aware of ISIS and their use of social media to make threats against Americans. CMPD is working with our federal partners to monitor social media but do not believe there are credible threats to the Charlotte area at this time.”

City Manager Ron Carlee said the police work closely with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and other law enforcement agencies to deal with terrorism-related issues.

Wallin reminded the public to call 911 about any suspicious activity.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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