US secret service agents are reportedly invetigating an attack being planned by al-Qaeda operatives on Monday November 7 – one day before the vote.

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Locations believed to be on the target list include New York, Texas and Virginia, although no specific locations were listed.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jerseysaid they had been notified about a plot “around election day”.

Americans go to the polls on November 8 in what is being billed as one of the closest US presidential elections in decades.

The terror alert was first reported by US television network CBS News, which said its sources had indicated an attack was being planned for early next week.

The US intelligence service alerted joint terrorism task forces that al-Qaeda could be planning attacks in three states, CBS said.

A large-scale attack just 24 hours before the historic vote has the potential to derail the election – and could hand Donald Trump, who has campaigned on a ticket of getting tough on terror, the advantage.

An FBI spokesman said: “The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States.

“The FBI, working with our federal, state and local counterparts, shares and assesses intelligence on a daily basis and will continue to work closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to identify and disrupt any potential threat to public safety.”

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