NYPD Beefs Up Security in Crowded Areas in Wake of Paris Attacks
The New York Police Department is beefing up security following the deadly attacks in Paris.
Counterterrorism and critical response teams have been dispatched to crowded areas throughout the city to provide "a police presence and public reassurance," the NYPD said in a statement.
Authorities said they were acting "out of an abundance of caution" after dozens were reported dead after multiple attacks in the French capital. It added that there was no known indication that the attack has any connection to New York City.
While the exact number of casualties is not yet known, fatalities were reported at a restaurant in the 10th arrondissement and at the Bataclan concert hall, where dozens of hostages were taken during a concert.
Explosions were also outside the Stade de France, the French national stadium, where France and Germany were playing a soccer match. Those explosions were believed to have been detonated by suicide bombers.
"The NYPD is in close touch with our French police counterparts as well as our FBI partners here, following the tragic events in Paris," the NYPD statement said.
"Specific deployments, at French government locations in New York City, were made immediately after the attacks... NYPD Intelligence Bureau Detectives in France are conducting liaison activities to assist the Paris Police in any way possible, while keeping the NYPD updated on the on-going situation."
At the White House on Friday afternoon, President Obama slammed the attacks as an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”