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FBI: No credible information on alleged ISIS Atlanta threat

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ATLANTA -- Security concerns in Atlanta were high after a hacker group claimed that it had uncovered an ISIS hit list which has Philips Arena on it.

On Sunday, the venue will play host to the WWE’s Survivor Series event.   

This all comes as the Atlanta Falcons said they will increase their security for Sunday's game against the Colts as well.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said they are taking the alleged threats seriously but that, at this time, there is no credible threat.

The alerts came from the hacker group Anonymous, which claimed to have uncovered plans for several ISIS attacks in in Paris along with other countries – and in Atlanta.

On Saturday evening, it was all quiet in front of the arena. But the topic on everyone’s mind was what would happen on Sunday.

Some weren’t concerned.

“I think here in the United States, we tend to over-blow threats,” visitor Moustafa Hassoun said.

While others felt differently.

“I do take this seriously,” Hallie Mather said. “I think if the FBI is concerned about it then it’s something we should be concerned about.”

The FBI released the following statement:

"The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia venue and event.  While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time."

Earlier in the week, 11Alive sat down with Britt Johnson, the special agent in charge of the Atlanta Field Office. While he said there’s no specific information on an attack, they do have their eyes on some people in the state.

“There’s definitely individuals in Georgia that we have cases on and that we are concerned about,” he said. “Individuals who likely have been listening to the propaganda and have become self-radicalized and are showing indicators that are concerning.”

Meanwhile, not far from the arena, the Falcons will be taking the field for the first time since the attacks on Paris.  People can expect increased security there as well.

The WWE has also released the following statement.

"WWE Survivor Series is currently scheduled as planned while we investigate the matter with federal, state and local authorities."

11Alive has since heard from officials at Philips Arena who said they are opening the doors Sunday at 6 p.m. due to the increased security. Officials with the Falcons are encouraging fans to show up at the gates 45 minutes before kickoff due to the security.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency officials told 11Alive that it has been in contact with the FBI and state and local partners, and referred to the statement from a FBI.

The agency later released the following:

“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. 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. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to help fans avoid any delays in entering the arena due to the precautionary security procedures put in place. Additionally, fans are encouraged to take public transportation (MARTA) to the event and are advised that bags will not be permitted in the arena.”

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