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NYPD Drill Held in Times Square Amid "New Era" of Threats

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The New York City Police Department held a counterterrorism drill in Times Square Wednesday and comes on the heels of comments made by Commissioner Bill Bratton who warned against a "new era" of threats against the city.

Police cars lined 42nd Street and Broadway around 2:30 p.m. while officers brought out bomb sniffing dogs, checked bags and watched nearby subway stations as part of the drill.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Bratton said that tensions between the U.S. and Islamic State militants could lead to more sophisticated attacks against the city.

Despite his concerns, Bratton says there is no specific threat to the city, and that the NYPD is prepared to handle such situations.

"The threat level is of concern and at the same time we're very fortunate, as I related in my comments, that New York over these last twelve years has...my predecessor Commissioner Kelly...one of his legacies that we're building on is the incredibly sophisticated terrorism intelligence capability," Bratton said.

The police commissioner says the Islamic State poses a greater threat than al-Qaeda thanks to their use of social media and magazines to recruit members.

Nevertheless, he added the city is doing what it can to stay ahead of the "evolving world of terrorism."

Meantime, Bratton's comments come as an upstate man was indicted this week after authorities say he tried to help the Islamic State group.

Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester was charged Tuesday with three counts of attempting to provide material to support a foreign terrorist organization.

He was previously accused of buying guns in a plot to kill U.S. service men.

The FBI says Elfgeeh is originally from Yemen and is a U.S. citizen.

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