New York’s top cop warns of copycat Mumbai attacks

December 6th, 2008 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, Dec 6 (IANS) New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has warned of possible copycat attacks in this financial capital of the US in the wake of last week’s terrorist strikes in Mumbai.”In many ways, the city of Mumbai bears striking similarities to New York,” Kelly told reporters, according to CNN.

“It is the country’s financial capital, a densely populated cultural metropolis and a hub for the media… all of these features make it a compelling target.”

Kelly’s remarks came at a news conference where he and the department’s chief intelligence officers issued security recommendations to New York hotels and other “soft targets”.

Lt. Mario Rivera of the department’s intelligence division recommended hotels to have an emergency action plan, take protective measures and be vigilant of suspicious behaviour.

Kelly said the Nov 26 attack “reminds us that the threat of international Islamic extremism shows no signs of abating”.

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