NYPD boosts security for Thanksgiving parade after threat

Performers stand in front of balloons at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday Nov. 26, 2015, in New York.  (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)
Performers stand in front of balloons at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday Nov. 26, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)


NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department plans to beef up security for next week’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after a recent edition of a magazine published by the Islamic State called the event an “excellent target.”

The Nov. 11 edition of Rumiyah, the terrorist group’s English language propaganda magazine, focused on vehicular attacks and specifically highlighted the iconic parade through Manhattan.

John Miller, the NYPD’S deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, says police had already implemented precautionary measures for such an attack.

Miller says he goes to the parade every year and he advises both New Yorkers and visitors alike to still show up on Nov. 24.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill says the NYPD handles events of a similar magnitude almost daily and the parade will be the safest place in New York City.

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