NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A new video from ISIS seems to threaten a target close to home. This latest video has a shot of Times Square in New York City edited with video of homemade bombs.
It seems like a direct threat against America’s largest city, but New York officials say they are not worried, this threat is nothing new.
This latest video from ISIS, or now I guess we’re supposed to call it DAESH, includes a shot of what looks like a bomb wrapped in tape, a man with a bomb strapped to him zipping up a jacket, and then an image of Times Square. Of course, Times Square is just a Metro North ride and 3 minutes on the Shuttle train from anywhere in Connecticut, and it is at it’s busiest in the next few weeks.
The Thanksgiving parade goes down 6th, just a block away, The Rockefeller Center tree is less than half a mile from there. There’s lots of shopping to be done there, and soon it will be New Year’s Eve. New York’s Mayor and Police Commissioner know all that, and they held a press conference right in Times Square Wednesday night, and said nothing is going to change.
“Being quite frank with you, there is nothing new about that video. New York obviously remains one of the top terrorist targets in the world,” said Cmsr. William Bratton, New York Police Dept.
The NYPD has 35,000 members, plus it is adding 500 officers trained in anti-terrorism to its critical response command. It also has its own anti-terrorism unit, which has detectives in France right now finding out more about how ISIS operated there, so they know what to look for here.
By the way, if you do plan on taking the train to New York, Wednesday, police here in Connecticut demonstrated for us how they secure the mass transit system using radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs. They stepped their patrols in the wake of the Paris Attacks.