NEW YORK, New York (WPIX) The terror group ISIS released a propaganda video Wednesday threatening attacks on New York City.
The clip shows various Manhattan scenes, including Times Square and Herald Square.
The video shows several scenes in Manhattan including Times Square, a Gap in Herald Square, T.G.I. Friday’s and yellow taxi cabs on city streets. It also includes images of terrorist sharpshooters and terrorists wearing suicide belts.
Terror analyst Micah Halpern says the imaging is as much about attracting new members as issuing a threat.
“They have their objectives, they need to resonate, and they need to recruit people. And they recruit them by sending a message through their targets. So if they chose Ohio, and an empty parking lot, no one would really care,” Halpern said.
Mayor de Blasio along with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton addressed the video at a late Wednesday night press conference in Times Square.
“We understand it is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic society,” de Blasio said. “We will not submit. It’s crucial that people go about their normal business recognizing the NYPD is providing extraordinary protection for the people of this city.”
New York officials reaffirmed that there were no specific, credible threats against New York.