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NYC police: No reported terror threat for US Open

July 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A top New York Police Department counterterror official said Wednesday there are no reported terror threats for the upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament despite its being named as a potential target by an al-Qaida group.

Speaking at a counterterror briefing for civilian and law enforcement officials, Director of Intelligence Analysis Rebecca Weiner said the venue was suggested as a target in the most recent edition of Inspire, the English-language online publication of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

She said the magazine detailed how to build a car bomb and suggested it be targeted at large gatherings of people, rather than buildings, and it listed other locations in New York, Washington and Virginia.

“We will ensure that the suggestions in this magazine remain hypothetical,” Weiner said.

Also Wednesday, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis gave a detailed presentation on the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attacks that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

Davis said the lessons he took away from the attack and the investigation were to stay vigilant, prepare, and partner with other agencies. Using social media, especially Twitter, was a key to correcting misinformation distributed by the media in the days following the attack as authorities worked to identify and locate the suspects, he said.

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