The New York City Police Department is stepping up its presence at shuls and in Jewish neighborhoods the wake of yesterday’s deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria.
NYPD officials say critical response vehicles have been re-deployed as a precaution.
Seven people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a bus full of Israeli tourists in Sarafovo, Bulgaria.
The death toll includes five Israelis, the Bulgarian bus driver and a suspected suicide bomber.
Bulgaria’s interior minister says the suspect appeared on security camera tape near the bus for almost an hour before the attack.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is blaming Iran and Hezbollah for the bombing, but Iran’s state TV broadcasts say the country wasn’t involved.
Residents of the Upper East Side told NY1 this morning that increased police presence has become a routine sight.
“I think there’s usually a very large police presence in this neighborhood anyway, so I didn’t really notice that much of a difference. I mean, I do notice sometimes that they’re more here than in others, there’s more of a presence, but I think it’s to be expected,” said an Upper East Side local.
The NYPD says there are no specific threats against the city.
City police took similar precautions in March, after three Yidden were gunned down in Toulouse, France.
Source: NEW YORK ONE