Thursday 19 September 2019

US on high alert as new IS video shows images of Times Square

New York's iconic Times Square
New York's iconic Times Square

A newly-released Islamic State (IS) video shows images of New York's Times Square, but police say there is no current or specific threat to the city.

A New York Police Department spokesman said some of the video footage was old but the video reaffirmed the message that the city remained a top terrorist target.

He said police would remain vigilant and continue to work with the FBI and the intelligence community.

The NYPD says it will continue to deploy additional anti-terror teams throughout the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York would not be intimidated and people should continue to live their lives and "enjoy the greatest city in the world".

State governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to "enhance their preparedness".

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