European Cities Step Up Security Amid Terror Threads, but NY Officials Remain Calm

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    New York City Police Department Counter Terrorism Unit officers patrol in Times Square on May 5, 2010.

    As cities across Europe ramp up security amid new terror al Qaeda terror threats, New York officials tell NBCNewYork.com there are no new terror warnings for the city.

    In Paris, the Eiffel Tower was evacuated for the second time in as many weeks as security officials continue to investigate non-specific threat information that al Qaeda affiliates in North Africa and Pakistan are plotting attacks.

    Bombings of subways and  Mumbai-style hotel attack plots are among the chatter intercepted by intelligence officials. But while officials stress while there is no specific plot, the threat information is enough of a concern that Britain and Germany are also stepping up counter-terror efforts as a precaution.

    And FBI officials in New York and New Jersey said while this region remains a top terror target, there is no new intelligence suggesting any new specific threat information. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne added that  the NYPD Counter-terrorism division is aware of the new overseas threats to European cities, but there is no information suggesting anything new related to the New York area.

    Browne said, as a precaution, NYPD counter-terror units remain deployed across the city at all times ready to respond rapidly to multiple locations at once.

     In Mumbai, India, terrorists armed with guns and grenades targeted multiple sites catching security officials there off-guard in November of 2008.  

    U.S. officials have stepped up drone strikes in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region in recent weeks in an effort to disrupt terror planning by al Qaeda-linked leaders.