10/07/2005

UPDATE 4-New York hikes subway security after terror plot

UPDATE 4-New York hikes subway security after terror plot
Thu Oct 6, 2005 10:07 PM ET
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By Christine Kearney and Mark Egan

NEW YORK, Oct 6 (Reuters) - New York police stepped up security on Thursday after what city authorities called the most specific threat yet of a terrorist attack on the subway system in the coming days, but officials in Washington played down the threat.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the FBI had alerted him to "a specific threat to our subway system," which had come from overseas but had already been partially thwarted.

"We have never had before a specific threat to our subway system ... with this level of specificity," Bloomberg told a news conference. "We have done and will continue to do everything we can to protect this city."

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