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US is on alert for terror threat
04 Jul 2015 09:09
The United States is ramping up security across the country and urging people to stay alert over the Independence Day holiday weekend over fears of a terrorist threat.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security and National Counter-terrorism Center have all warned of an increased risk of attacks during the long Fourth of July weekend.
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New York State is ratcheting up its monitoring of celebrations and events today, expected to draw large crowds to America's biggest city.
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"We are keenly aware that New York State remains a top target for terrorists," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
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Other major cities, including Washington DC, were also on heightened guard, although there were not thought to be any specific threats.
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"Our nation is under threat, our law enforcement, our military are under threat, so we take the threat seriously," ABC News quoted US Park Police Chief Robert MacLean as saying.
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In Boston, scene of an attack on the city's marathon in 2013 that killed three and left scores wounded, police said security would be high.
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"We're just stepping it up to make sure it can be as safe as possible," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told The Boston Globe.
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