October 6, 2005

New York subway under threat: transit agency

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has received threats
against its subway system and is adding extra police officers
to protect the transit system, said Tom Kelly, the mass transit
agency's spokesman.

"My understanding is there are threats against the system,"
Kelly said. "We're deploying additional police and canine units
as is the New York Police Department."

Kelly declined to comment on any details about the threats.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police chief Ray Kelly also
declined to comment on the threat but were set to hold a brief
briefing shortly.

New York has been on high alert for another attack since
the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

City police began searches of passengers' backpacks and
luggage on the transit system after July bombings on London's
transit system but those extra security precautions have been
little in evidence in recent weeks.

Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security
Committee, said he had spoken to police chief Kelly, who told
him, "there was a credible threat to the New York transit
system." Speaking to CNN, King offered no other details.

New York subways carry 7 million riders daily.