ISIS has threatened to bomb New York City in a newly released video, just days after vowing to attack Washington, D.C.
The slick clip features shots of yellow taxis and crowds in Times Square and Herald Square in Manhattan, with vibrant French music playing in the background – a nod to the Paris terror attacks on Friday.
It then cuts to a man wrapping a bomb around his waist before walking into the crowds and pulling the trigger.
New York police have issued a statement to say they are aware of the footage.
They added that there is no direct threat to the city but insist there is a ‘heightened state of vigilance’.
‘In addition, we are continuing to deploy additional Critical Response Command (CRC) teams throughout the City, out of an abundance of caution,’ Stephen Davis, a Deputy NYPD Commissioner, said in a statement on Wednesday.
He added: ‘While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target.’
The video, which runs for nearly six minutes, includes a scene that appears to show a suicide bomber making preparations and zipping up a leather jacket.
The clip shows a brief glimpse of Times Square and then of a suicide bomber holding what appears to be a trigger, it said.
Most of the footage is scenes of Paris and of French President Francois Hollande.
The New York footage was featured in an ISIS video released in April this year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said: ‘Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated.’
He added that police were ‘taking all necessary precautions’ in Times Square and Herald Square, and elsewhere around the city.
New York state governor Andrew Cuomo has also addressed the video in a statement, vowing to step up all security to detect any threats before they become a reality.
‘I want every New Yorker to know that their security is our absolute highest priority. The video released by ISIS today contains old footage of New York, and there is no specific terrorist threat to New York at this time.
Daily mail, UK