The New York Police Department said it had bolstered security at high-profile locations around the largest U.S. city on Friday in response to what officials believe were coordinated attacks in Paris which have killed at least 140 people.
After news of the carnage, officers from the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Response Command and other special units were deployed to guard areas of the city that attract tourists, as well as the French Consulate in midtown Manhattan, police said.
“Teams have been dispatched to crowded areas around the city out of an abundance of caution to provide police presence and public reassurance as we follow the developing situation overseas,” the NYPD said in a statement.
New York City, the site of the 2001 strike on the World Trade Center that killed nearly 3,000 people, is considered a top target for attacks by Islamist extremists.
“Specific deployments, at French government locations in New York City, were made immediately after the attacks,” the department said.