NYPD Halts Precautions After Dirty Bomb Scare.

11 08 2007

New York, NY – Hundreds of New York City police officers searched vehicles at checkpoints around Lower Manhattan on Friday night and through yesterday morning in response to an unverified “dirty” bomb threat, officials said.

Officers opened van doors, scanned trucks, and searched trunks at checkpoints on Canal Street and Bowery, in the financial district, and near the Holland Tunnel and other entry points. Police also deployed extra radiological sensors and increased helicopter and boat patrols, officials said.

The increased security measures were halted shortly before before noon Saturday, and police reported no terror-related arrests or discoveries.

The notice of a threat was posted on the Web site debka.com, which stated that ‘chatter’ on al-Qaida-run Internet sites Thursday pointed to a possible attack “by means of trucks loaded with radioactive material against America’s biggest city and financial nerve center.”

Debka.com is based in Jerusalem and is believed to have sources in the Israeli military.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne called the security measures “strictly precautionary” and noted that the city’s terror threat level at orange, one step below the highest level of red was unchanged [ap,Vosizneias]

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