ISIS Threatens NYC in New Video

The city isn't intimidated, mayor says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2015 5:04 AM CST
ISIS Threatens NYC in New Video
Police officers stand guard in Times Square on Wednesday in New York.   (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)

It will take more than an ISIS video to intimidate New York City, a defiant Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday night after the group released a propaganda video mentioning the Paris attacks and threatening that New York City could be next. "The people of New York City will not be intimidated," de Blasio said in a Times Square press conference, per NBC. "We understand it is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic society. We will not submit to their wishes." CNN reports that the NYPD is deploying extra officers out of an "abundance of caution" following the release of the video, which shows footage of sites, including Times Square, and depicts a bomber with a suicide belt.

De Blasio was joined in Times Square by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who said the "hastily produced" video shouldn't scare away visitors, the New York Daily News reports. "People can feel comfortable coming into the city," he said. "Do not be afraid. The NYPD will protect you." NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo also urged New Yorkers not to give terrorists the reaction they're hoping for, the Daily News reports. "I encourage all New Yorkers to remain alert and report any suspicious activity, while at the same time not letting this disrupt their daily lives," he said in a statement. "Remember that the terrorists' goal is to let fear win—New Yorkers never have, and we never will." (ISIS says it brought down a plane with a bomb in a soda can.)

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