NY boosts security after Boston blasts

2013-04-15 23:55
Massachusetts state police roll into the area following twin explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Josh Reynolds, AP)

Massachusetts state police roll into the area following twin explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Josh Reynolds, AP)

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New York - New York police stepped up security around key landmarks in the city on Monday after a double blast killed at least two people and injured more than 100 others at the Boston marathon, a top officer said.

"We're stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement.

Police in the West Coast city of San Francisco said they were on "heightened alert" and urged people to call 911 if they see anything suspicious "in light of the Boston marathon explosions."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said security was also being stepped up on the city's subway system and at other critical infrastructure.

"We have 1 000 members of the NYPD assigned to counterterrorism duties, and they - along with the entire NYPD and the investments we have made in counterterrorism infrastructure - are being fully mobilised to protect our city," he said in a statement.

"As law enforcement authorities investigate today's explosions in Boston, I ask all New Yorkers to keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers."

AP reported that shortly after the explosions, Secret Service shut down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, cordoning off the area with yellow police tape.

Several Secret Service patrol cars also blocked off the entry points to the road.

The White House was not on lockdown and tourists and other onlookers were still able to be in the park across the street from the executive mansion.

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