The NYPD is stepping up security around prominent New York City locations and landmarks in response to the two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne confirmed the increased security and said NYPD officials were re-deploying counterterrorism vehicles throughout the city.
"We've been stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles (CRVs) until more about the explosions in Boston is learned," Browne wrote in an email.
UPDATE: Mayor Bloomberg released 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. I have spoken with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the NYPD has stepped up security at strategic locations and critical infrastructure, including our subways. Some of the security steps we are taking may be noticeable, including deployment of Critical Response Vehicles and additional police personnel, and others will not be. We have 1,000 members of the NYPD assigned to counter-terrorism duties, and they – along with the entire NYPD and the investments we have made in counter-terrorism infrastructure – are being fully mobilized to protect our city.”
The explosions occurred around 3PM. Boston Police report that 22 people were injured and two are dead.
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