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New York City Mayor Vows People Won't Be Intimidated By ISIS Threats

by Phil Helsel /  / Updated 

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New York City’s mayor and police commissioner vowed the Big Apple would not live in fear of threats from the terror group ISIS, which on Wednesday released a video showing New York landmarks and referencing the Paris attacks.

"The people of New York City will not be intimidated," Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters in Times Square Wednesday night. "We understand it is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic society. We will not submit to their wishes."

The terror group released a propaganda video Wednesday showing Times Square and other landmarks, and referencing the Paris terror attacks.

The images of New York City were published in April, and officials said the threats are not new. ISIS has claimed responsibility for Friday's terror attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said the video appears to be "hastily produced, it is a mishmash of previously released video" that includes parts of other previously released videos that threatened Germany and Israel.

"There is, as we have repeated frequently, no city in America that is better prepared to defend and protect against a terrorist attack," Bratton said.

The NYPD increased security after the Paris attacks out of an abundance of caution, including deploying heavily-armed police teams throughout the city. The FBI said it was aware of the video, but added there is no specific threat to the city.

In 2010, Faisal Shahzad tried to detonate a car bomb outside a theater in Times Square. The explosive failed to detonate. Shahzad said the Pakistani Taliban provided him with funding and training for attack. He pleaded guilty to federal charges and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

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