A new terrorism bulletin has been issued by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), warning Americans of more “homegrown” terrorist attacks similar to the one that killed nearly 50 people in Orlando over the weekend.
TheDHS bulletinsaid: “In this environment, we are particularly concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice……The tragic events of Orlando several days ago reinforce this.”
“Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance,” it added.
Last Sunday, an alleged Daesh sympathizer identified as Omar Mateen, killed 49 people in Orlando’s Pulse Club being gunned down by specialized SWAT units.
Officials maintain that Mateen was not part of a larger terrorist network and was only inspired by terrorist propaganda to carry out the attack, has become known as the worst mass shooting in American history.
US President Barack Obama denounced the mass shooting as an act of terror and hatred, ordering the American flag at the White House lowered to half mast to honor the victims.
The DHS notice, the lowest in a three-tier terror alert system, is the second of its kind under the new federal terrorism notification system which went into effect last year.
The first notice was issued late last year in the wake of the alleged Daesh attacks in the French capital, Paris, as well as the attack in San Bernardino, California.
Prior to the new system, Washington used a widely mocked color-coded alert scheme introduced during the administration of former President George W. Bush.
Although the notice did not hint at any specific and credible intelligence pointing to an attack, it still warned that the gruesome massacre in Orlando stokes concerns that terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged or inspired to target public events or places.”
The attack has led to further pressure on pro-gun institutions and politicians, mainly Republicans and the National Rifle Association gun lobby.