Responding to an ISIS hit list that names an individual living in Solvang among other military personnel nationwide, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department has increased patrols in the area, officials said Thursday.
The heightened state of awareness follows publication by the Islamic State Hacking Division, an ISIS affiliate, of a list of 100 military personnel in 55 cities and 23 states on a social media website last week. The report included names, photos and home addresses of U.S. military personnel, including at least one in Solvang.
Of the military personnel named, 58 are employed by the U.S. Air Force, according to CBS News.
“The Sheriff’s Office is aware of this information and has increased patrols of the area,” SBCSD Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover said Thursday.
Hoover stressed that the town itself is not a target.
“The threat was posted on-line by a suspected terrorist group. The threat listed individuals by name and in many cases addresses throughout the country. One of the threatened individuals on the list had a location associated to that individual in the City of Solvang,” Hoover said. “The community of Solvang as a whole was not identified as a target.”