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NYPD, Port Authority, Airports Step Up Security After Terror Attacks

NYPD officers and a patrol dog amid heightened security following the Brussels terror attacks Tuesday.
NYPD officers and a patrol dog amid heightened security following the Brussels terror attacks Tuesday. Photo Credit: NYPD

The New York City Police Department said it is deploying additional counterterrorism resources across the city after three explosions ripped through Brussels, the capital of Belgium, on Tuesday.

Approximately 26 people were reportedly killed in the terror attacks with the death toll expected to rise. At least 130 people were injured in the blasts at the Brussels Airport and subway station.

Officials in New York also announced they were ramping up security at transit systems and airports with the Port Authority enhancing its security measures at the three major airports in the metro area and increasing patrols on the PATH train system and around One World Trade Center.

The NYPD will have a more visible presence on the streets and in the subway system.

"Until we learn more, the department has deployed additional counterterrorism resources across the city including: the Counterterrorism Response Command (CRC), the Strategic Response Group (SRG), and Hercules Teams," Stephen P. Davis, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of public information., said in a statement. "These teams have been deployed to crowded areas and transit locations around the city out of an abundance of caution to provide police presence and public reassurance as we closely follow the developing situation overseas."

The NYPD said there is "no known indication that the (Brussels attacks have) any nexus to New York City."

"We will continue to follow the situation in Belgium closely with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI and adjust the department’s deployments accordingly," Davis said.

The U.S. Embassy in Brussels is recommending Americans in Belgium avoid public transportation. U.S. flights to Belgium Tuesday have been canceled.

Davis noted the Brussels attacks "come at a time when the federal government has proposed cutting terrorism funding to New York City by roughly $90 million dollars," adding that "any cut in terrorism funding to New York —to what is widely recognized as the nation’s top terror target — would be irresponsible."

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