New York Christmas safety ratchets after the worldwide series of terror attempts


New york Port Authority terror explosion: What we know

A 27-year-old man detonated a bomb under New York Port Authority station near times Square in an “attempted terror attack,” injuring three people. Here is what the government is up to now know.

In this era of increasing terrorism, one of the major cities in the world — well-known for a number of the smallest possible protection — is the increase of the alertness to keep everyone safe.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the deployment of additional personnel of the federal Police and the National Guard to the main transport points during the holidays.

The port authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police will also increase their numbers as part of the attempt to make the protection of New York City.

In addition, the officials say radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs are used.

Cuomo said the enhanced security presence is not based on any credible threats, or information on the basis of imminent danger. He said that the preparations be conducted out of an abundance of caution.

He pointed to the recent terror plots, including a subway bombing earlier this month.

On Dec. 11, Akayed Ullah, 27, tied up in a pipe bomb on his body with a hook-and-loop tape and zip-ties, and it explodes in a subway corridor on the Port Authority in Midtown Manhattan, police said.

Ullah was charged with federal terrorism-related crimes, punishable with up to life in prison and was informed of the charges via video last week he was lying in a hospital bed.

The researchers said Ullah, from Bangladesh, was initiated into terrorism through internet videos. Ullah was the only one seriously injured in the episode, sustained burns on his hands and torso.

It was the second lone-wolf terror attack on the city in a period of six weeks to stretch.

On Oct. 31, Halloween, a man in a rented truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a busy bike path in the vicinity of the World Trade Center, killing eight people.

In the midst of such attacks and attempts, authorities over the world, keep on high alert.

The police in the United Kingdom may have disrupted a Christmas terror plot Tuesday, according to Sky News, after the recent online Islamic State threats to attack christmas markets.

According to Sky News, a police bomb squad was called to a property in Chesterfield, with detectives fear that a gang of would-be terrorists had assembled an explosive device. Antiterror police also targeted four properties in Sheffield, in a joint move with MI-5 foil a planned attack, according to Sky News.

Fox News earlier reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Trump on Sunday to thank him for the intelligence that helped thwart a planned attack in St. Petersburg. The Kremlin said Putin told Trump during the conversation that the information provided by the CIA was sufficient to detect and detain a group of suspects who are planning to bomb the Kazan Cathedral and other locations in the city.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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