ISIS threatens New York City. In the latest video released by the group, a montage of images showing different shots that clearly sends a message that the next ISIS target is New York City.
The video, which surfaced on Wednesday, showed footage like New York City’s streets and restaurants, a yellow taxi with a man in a jacket in the foreground, a man preparing a homemade bomb, some explosions which, the Daily Mail reported, could be in the Middle East.
The video also showed a clip of French President, Francois Hollande, in his speech after Paris attacks last week.
CNN reported that the New York City Police Department has made additional deployment of its new anti-terrorism squad as a precautionary response. “While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target. 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 to keep the city of New York safe,” J. Peter Donald, NYPD spokesman said in a statement published by New York Post.
The video footage in the latest video, where ISIS threatens New York City, were already used in their previous video threatening the city a couple of months ago.
John Miller of the NYPD said “This is an old video that was kind of rehashed.”
New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, released his own statement saying the City won’t be intimidated. He further mentioned that the terrorist organizations’ aim is to strike fear, and they won’t give in.
A terrorism analyst on CNN, Paul Cruickshank, commented that this threat should never be taken lightly. ISIS’ biggest ambition, he said, is to create a terrorism act within the ground of the United States. Their number of Western recruits are noteworthy and shouldn’t be set aside.
This video follows the series of attacks that plagued France almost a week ago where 129 people were killed and a hundred others were injured. ISIS (now popularly being called “Daesh”) claimed responsibility in the Paris attacks. This prompted a nationwide state of emergency call from the President, Francois Hollande, who also closed the country borders hours after the attack.
Watch above the excerpt of the video of ISIS threatening NYC.