NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Islamic State extremists have renewed a call for lone-wolf terrorists to attack targets in the West, hoping to capitalize on their perceived momentum following last week’s terror attacks in Paris, a top NYPD official said Sunday.
John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the Islamic State posted a video on Twitter on Saturday.READ MORE: Suspected Human Remains Found In Florida Wildlife Preserve Where Authorities Are Searching For Brian Laundrie
“It specifically mentions the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France,” Miller said. “And it is a renewal of a call that they put out in mid-September before a series of attacks in Canada and one in New York City against police officers that occurred in October.
“So we are seeing that they are using the momentum from the Paris attacks in part of their messaging strategy to see, ‘Who can we get to follow this?’ It also specifically mentions as targets civilians, police officers, intelligence officials and military. So it’s something of concern.”
Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday he has been briefed by the FBI about the video.
“There are no credible direct threats to New York,” Schumer told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.