ISIS video threatens NY City; mayor says city won't be intimidated
Nov 23 2015
He spoke from Times Square, a popular tourist spot that appears in the video.
The clip shows a brief glimpse of Times Square and then of a suicide bomber holding what appears to be a trigger, it said.
The NY City Police Department said in a statement that it was aware of the video and was deploying additional members of its new anti-terrorism squad out of an abundance of caution.
City leaders are urging calm and telling New Yorkers to go about their lives amid the Islamic State's video threat to attack the city.
"People in NY City, as you can see right now, are going about their business - even at this late hour".
"There is, as we have repeated frequently, no city in America that is better prepared to defend and protect against a terrorist attack", police commissioner Bill Bratton said.
"It is a mishmash of previously released video".
Mr. de Blasio said the first wave of the NYPD Critical Response Command had been initiated this week, which will grow to 500 police officers dedicated to anti-terrorism activities. FILE - NY City Mayor Bill de Blasio, surrounded by community leaders, speaks to reporters.
The video also shows French President Francois Hollande's address following the attacks on Paris last week, mixed in with scenes of an older video of NY City.
That is followed by an image of Times Square in NY City.
Bratton further noted that the NYPD is ready for big city holiday celebrations such as the Thanksgiving Day parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.
The mayor of NY said what we heard said many times back in 2001 after 9-11. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that from the ISIS video, they surmised that the terrorists intend to strike at St. Peter's Basilica and other historical monuments in Rome and Milan.
The video is raising concern among many, just days after the attacks in Paris. The magazine shows bomb-making materials that ISIS claims were used to make an explosive that brought down a commercial Russian jet. The city has stepped up security at these so-called "soft targets" like transit hubs, shopping areas and other heavily-trafficked areas.
Bratton said in a statement "Be aware, but do not be afraid".