NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says that ISIS may be targeting Times Square.
ISIS put out messages to recruit “individual wolves in America” to initiate attacks on the famous spot, writing, “Times Square is considered one of the most important and famous tourist attractions in the city.”
Accompanying the message were instructions for the manufacture of nail and pipe bombs and how they can be run with batteries or timers. Those instructions are reminiscent of similar instructions in al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine. That magazine also called for attacks on Times Square in May.
On Tuesday, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton also stated that ISIS is using social media as one of the main tools it has used to attract new recruits. The NYPD Commissioner said Tuesday that ISIS’ is putting a call out there for someone to strike at the Crossroads of the World.
This is the evolving world of terrorism,” the city’s top cop said. “We are staying ahead of it. We are focusing on it, and I believe that we are as prepared as any entity could be to deal with the threats. But the reality is that we are living in a new era of potential terrorism.”
Bratton’s warnings come as the terror group responsible for the videotaped executions of two American journalists and a British aid worker are calling for “lone wolf” attacks on Times Square.