New York authorities Monday stepped up security at sensitive sites after a deadly blast at a show in Britain, in spite of the fact that officials said there was no sign of a threat to US targets.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was requesting extra patrols at “high-profile locations” including airports and the subway “out of an abundance of caution” after the attack at the show by US pop star Ariana Grande.
“This apparent act of terrorism, focusing on a show attended by a huge number of teenagers and youngsters, is an inexplicable and abhorrent assault on our universal values as individuals,” Cuomo said in an announcement.
“An attack on one is an attack on all, and New York remains in solidarity with the British individuals and our companions the world over against the forces of hate and terror,” he said.
The US Department of Homeland Security said it was working to find information and stood ready to assist counterparts in Britain.
“At this time, we have no information to demonstrate a particular credible threat including music venues in the United States,” the office said in an announcement.
“However, the public may experience increased security in and around public spots and occasions as officials take additional precautions,” it said.
Police said at least 19 individuals were killed and around 50 were injured in the attack just as Grande left the stage.
It is the deadliest attack in Britain since 2005.