NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is “constantly vigilant” against any terror threat posed by recent violence in Iraq.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has already captured a pair of major Iraq cities and is threatening its capital.
A U.S. official said this week that the terror group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said “I’ll see you guys in New York” when released in 2009.
Some believe this signals intent to strike the nation’s largest city.
De Blasio said city officials are “aware of the statements” that the suspected terrorist made.
“We don’t take any threat lightly. I’ve said many times, we know we are, sadly, the number one terror target in the world,” de Blasio said.
“That continues and that will continue for quite awhile. We plan with that assumption in mind. We resource the NYPD with that assumption in mind, and we are constantly vigilant.”
He said the NYPD has been in contact with federal authorities.
There has not been a specific recent threat made against New York.