World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek)
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said that al-Qaida was behind a specific, credible but uncorroborated report of a threat to harm Americans, notably in New York and Washington.
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"We are meeting here in New York ... with the news last night of a specific, credible but unconfirmed report that al-Qaida again is seeking to harm Americans and in particular to target New York and Washington," Clinton said in a speech.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday that said city residents should go about their business as usual despite the threat
NYPD (police department) is deploying additional resources around the
city and taking additional steps to keep our city safe, some of which
you may notice and some of which you will not notice," Bloomberg said at
a news conference.
"But there's no reason for any of the rest of us to change anything in our daily routine."
Bloomberg said the threat has not been corroborated, but that it was credible and residents should be vigilant.
The White House said US President Barack Obama was briefed on specific threat information earlier in the day, and noted that the US government had already stepped up security ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.