At the same time, the FBI is warning police departments across the country about the increased possibility of terror attacks during the holidays. In addition, the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. has also been named as an impending target.
Rumiyah, Islamic State’s latest slick magazine published in a number of languages, called the parade an “excellent target” and suggested that its followers perpetrate a “Nice-style” attack on the event. That attack killed 86 and injured 434 when a 19-ton truck careened through crowds in Nice, France on July 14 during Bastille-Day festivities.
Last year 3.5 million people attended the Macy’s parade and more are expected this year. A statement released by Macy’s read, “Macy’s works closely with the NYPD and federal law enforcement agencies each year to put in place comprehensive security plans for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Our interagency partners lead security efforts along all areas of the Parade route and we are in constant communication with these agencies as they actively monitor and evaluate parade security.”
Police in New York said they are quite away of terror plots against the parade and are taking the appropriate steps to secure the route. The NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism John Miller said “blocker cars at every intersection” of the route will be employed to prevent a Nice-style attack. In addition, the NYPD has been in touch with 135 of the 200 facilities renting trucks in the NY metropolitan area to give them instruction on how to identify suspicious clients.
The last inauguration event in Washington attracted one million people.
Al-Qaeda’s magazine Inspire suggested attacking holiday crowds with drones containing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or through lone gunmen and bombs in “target rich” areas such as Washington, D.C.