NYPD Beefs Up Security Following “Credible” 9/11 Anniversary Threat
The New York Police Department has increased security following what U.S. officials called "credible but unconfirmed" 9/11 anniversary threats.
"The threat at this moment has not been corroborated," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday evening at a news conference. "We do live in a world where we must take these threats seriously and we certainly will."
Bloomberg also said that the NYPD had already beefed up security ahead of the anniversary of 9/11.
Police commissioner Ray Kelly said Thursday night that security measures will include vehicle checkpoints, bag checks at subway stations, radiation-monitoring equipment and patrols with bomb-sniffing dogs.
"Al Qaeda has shown an interest in important dates and anniversaries. In this instance it is accurate that there is credible, specific but unconfirmed information," said Janice Fedarcyk, assistant director of the FBI's New York field office, at the news briefing.
Intelligence gathered at Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in May suggests Al Qaeda considered an anniversary terror attack.
Other terror threats have been plotted to fall around September 11. Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan native who lived in New York City, pleaded guilty to terror-related charges last year for a 2009 plot to blow up subways and other possible targets.