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ISIS issues more threats, US on alert

New York City police department (NYPD) and other law enforcement personnel responded to a threat from the Sunni militant group Islamic State (IS) after someone re-released an old message that tells followers to “rise up and kill law enforcement officers”. The threat specifically named the US, France, Australia and Canada as targets, CNN reported.

NYPD employees were told in an internal memo to “remain alert and consider tactics at all times while on patrol”, especially in light of the attacks in France last week. The FBI and US Department of Homeland Security issued a similar bulletin to law enforcement agencies across the country.

That bulletin and the NYPD memo makes it clear that this new message is consistent with previous threats that IS and others, including the Al Qaeda, have issued. John Miller, NYPD deputy-commissioner for counterterrorism, tempered fears of a threat to officials in New York City.

“I don’t think that we are under any more threat, or any less threat than we were the day before,” he said in a television interview. Miller said the department was on a “heightened security posture on a normal day compared to almost any other police department”.

More than 1,000 police officers and civilian analysts are assigned to a counter-terrorism mission everyday and officers have studied the recent attacks in France, he said. France was hit with three days of terror after three suspects killed 17 civilians in multiple attacks last week.


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