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NYPD increasing police presence after Brussels explosions

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NEW YORK (AP) — Security was stepped up throughout New York City on Tuesday after explosions at the airport and subway system in the Belgian capital of Brussels killed at least two dozen people.

“The New York City Police Department is closely monitoring the situation in Belgium and is in close contact with our international partners and with the FBI,” the NYPD said in a statement.

The agency said there was “no known indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City,” but that it was deploying additional counterterrorism units to crowded areas and transit locations across the city “out of an abundance of caution.” The Port Authority Police Department also increased security at the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty. It also employed high visibility anti-terrorist patrols throughout the PATH system and the World Trade Center site.

At least 26 people were reported dead and dozens more were injured Tuesday morning in the Brussels explosions that prompted a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. Belgium raised its terror alert to the highest level, diverting planes and trains.

The Brussels prosecutor’s office called the explosions terror attacks. They came just days after the main suspect in the November attacks in Paris was arrested in Brussels. After his arrest, Salah Abdeslam told authorities he had created a new network and was planning new attacks.

But, there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks and no immediate evidence linking Abdeslam.

 

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