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Cuomo Orders Enhanced Security for New York Bridges, Airports, Transit Systems After London Subway Attack

Gov. Cuomo says he is directing state law enforcement to increase security at New York bridges, airports, tunnels and mass transit systems out of an abundance of caution after the "apparent terrorist attack" on a London subway.

A reported explosion at a train station sent commuters stampeding in panic, injuring at least 22 people at the height of London's morning rush hour. A photo posted on social media shows a white bucket on fire.

All of the victims are expected to be OK. The NYPD tweeted early Friday that it was closely monitoring the situation, but that there were "no direct threats" to New York City. But law enforcement and government officials are on guard.

An NYPD spokesman said the department has been in touch with its London counterparts and an NYPD detective stationed there to understand what happened and relay information to counter-terror officers in New York City.

"As always, through the joint terrorism task force, we are monitoring closely the latest information from the intelligence community," the statement said. "The NYPD has moved additional police officers, bomb detection canines, and heavy weapons teams to our transit system in New York until we learn more about what happened this morning in London."

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I condemn the apparent terrorist attack in London today in the strongest possible terms," Cuomo said in a statement. "This attempt to instill fear through random violence is horrific, cowardly and a sobering reminder of the threats we face today."

The attack in London comes two days before the one-year anniversary of bombing attacks on the Jersey Shore and in Chelsea. No one was killed in either of those cases. Ahmad Khan Rahimi's trial is expected to begin next year.

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