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New York "won't be intimidated" by Isis threat video

The city’s mayor said that New Yorkers won’t live in fear.

Image: AP

MAYOR BILL DE Blasio said New York City will not be intimidated by a newly-released Islamic State group video showing images of Times Square, and that residents should continue to go to work and live their lives.

The video was released yesterday, just a week before the city goes into full holiday mode with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade followed by the Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller Center.

These and other events attract tens of millions of visitors each year. “Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organisations, but New York City will not be intimidated,” de Blasio said during a news conference last night.

New Yorkers won’t live in fear and people should continue to go to work, live their lives, and enjoy the greatest city in the world.

Islamic State Video New York New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference in New York's Times Square Source: AP

A New York Police Department spokesman said some of the video footage is old but the video reaffirms the message the city remains a top target for extremists.

No specific threat

“While there is no current or specific threat to the city at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance and will continue to work with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the entire intelligence community,” said Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for public information.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said the video appears to be a “hastily produced” one using old film footage.

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“Be aware, but do not be afraid. The NYPD will protect you” Bratton said.

We cannot be intimidated, and that’s what terrorists seek to do. They seek to create fear. They seek to intimidate. We will not be intimidated, and we will not live in fear.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that after the attacks in Paris he directed state agencies to “enhance their preparedness.”

“Remember that the terrorists’ goal is to let fear win – New Yorkers never have, and we never will,” he said.

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