FBI forms anti-terror task force in Myrtle Beach

FBI forms anti-terror task force in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - In a year that saw several terror attacks on U.S. soil and around the world, the FBI and Myrtle Beach police are joining forces to fight back.

The FBI is combining its resources with Myrtle Beach to assemble a task force that could stop potential threats before they begin, and they're already getting to work.

"If you look at the course of the last 18 months or so across the United States, you see a series of active shooting incidents like Pulse in Florida, Chattanooga, Tenn., and San Bernadino, Calif.," said FBI agent, Michael Connelly.

Connelly is charged with overseeing the anti-terror task force and said he wants to keep Myrtle Beach off of that list.

"In the last 90 days we have initiated investigations on individuals in this area," he said.

Connelly added that with the influx of tourism every year, potential threats become harder to pinpoint. It's one of the reasons this task force will be made up of several local agencies, including the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

"We've had the opportunity to partner with the FBI and other organizations. We felt that, as an organization, this would only enhance our capability to improve and investigate these types of instances if they were to occur." said Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby.

The FBI plans to cast a very wide net. Connelly said there is no specific group being looked at, and that many recent attacks have been carried out by individuals without help, known as a "lone wolf."

"They're called lone wolves because they don't do what is traditionally seen maybe 10 or 15 years ago." said Connelly.

"This is an organization trying to be pro-active. We recognize from seeing the world events that have happened across our country, we recognize that potentially something could happen here." said Crosby.

Authorities say specific people and areas being looked at will be kept under wraps to protect the investigation, but that there is currently no cause for concern.

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