Despite officials reassuring New Yorkers that there is no specific threat at this time, a newly released ISIS video makes it clear that New York City, as well as other state landmarks, are in the terrorist group’s crosshairs.
A new video released by ISIS warns of an impending attack on New York City.
The video mentions Times Square and purports to show an explosive device being put together and a bomber zipping his jacket over a suicide belt.
The New York City Police Department said it was aware of the video and was deploying additional members of its new anti-terrorism squad out of an abundance of caution.
“While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target,” the statement said. “While there is no current or specific threat to the city at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance and will continue to work with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the entire intelligence community to keep the city of New York safe.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said “The people of New York City will not be intimidated.”
The hacker group Anonymous warned that ISIS had threatened other New York state targets, including the Watervliet Arsenal in upstate New York.
A video surfaced Wednesday from a group claiming to be the hactivist group called Anonymous warning the Watervliet Arsenal and several other military locations across the country of ISIS attacks.
A spokesman for the arsenal says there have been additional security measures put in place following the attacks in Paris but would not say what the additional measures are.
Governor Cuomo directed state agencies to enhance preparedness after the terrorist attacks in Paris, according to a statement.
“I encourage all New Yorkers to remain alert and report any suspicious activity, while at the same time not letting this disrupt their daily lives,” he said.