HARTFORD - A local service member has appeared on a recent ISIS target list, according to Manchester Police. A department spokesperson tells Fox CT one military member was impacted by the list when their address in Manchester appeared.
Manchester Police were briefed by the Department of Defense this week. Officials say they cannot comment on if they have beefed up patrols in the area, as this is a "sensitive issue." Police also say they do not believe there is any danger in Manchester.
A second name on the list was for a military personnel member in Barkhamsted, but the Barkhamsted Resident Trooper says the town has been assured by State Police that they haven't received a direct or credible threat.
Here is an email that was sent by Barkhamsted Superintendent Judy Palmer to the community:
I am writing in reference to a recently published news/social media list of military personnel with a non-specific threat, sent to create fear and paranoia. Our School Resource Officer, Barkhamsted Resident Trooper and our administrative team are working with federal, state and local authorities to ensure the utmost safety of our students and staff.
We have been assured by the State Police that they have not received a direct or credible threat.
Our first priority, as always, is maintaining a safe and secure learning environment.
According to The Hartford Courant, state and local police have been notified of the list and checked out the address in Manchester, but the man didn't live there.
A group claiming it is linked to ISIS posted the names and addresses of about 100 US Military service members online and called for attacks on them in their homes. Those service members have been warned to scrub personal information from their social media accounts.
The "hit list" posted pictures, home addresses and phone numbers of commanders, captains, and major generals.
The group "The Islamic State Hacking Division" is asking ISIS sympathizers to "kill (them) in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe."
Law enforcement officials say a few of the individuals in the group are ISIS affiliates and have been on the FBI's radar for a while, but it's unclear if ISIS leadership ordered the list. Officials tells CNN there is real concern a lone wolf sympathetic to ISIS will target the service members.
"There is no way that all of these people could receive a personal security detail. They have to do things like ensure the security of their own homes, perhaps in some extreme cases they may consider moving out of the home that is listed as their address," Col. Cedric Leighton, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) tells CNN.
The Pentagon tells CNN all of the service members on the list are being notified through there's no evidence of an imminent threat of an attack.
The online post appeared to include information that is already available publicly through social media accounts, online phone directories, and other public records.