UPDATED: Nov. 16, 2015 8:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A new video posted online Monday, purportedly from Islamic State members, warns that countries participating in air strikes in Syria can expect attacks like those carried out in Paris Friday.
The video specifically mentions the U.S. and warns of an attack in D.C.
“We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” one man in the video said, according to Reuters.
Reuters reports that it was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the video, which was posted on a site that has been used in the past by the Islamic State to post propaganda.
“We take every threat seriously,” says D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Our city is always at a heightened level of alert. Our police department has a lot of experience working with our federal partners.”
Mayor Bowser says she’s been in contact with Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and he’s pledged whatever resources necessary.
“There have been 50 national special security events… 25 of them have been held right here in D.C.,” Bowser says. “So just with special events alone, there is practice, cooperation among our police department and the federal agencies. I can tell you without hesitation, I’m pleased with that level of cooperation.”
Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik says security is being stepped up throughout the transit system, and Capitol Police officials say there’s no specific threat, but that they are increasing presence and visibility out of an abundance of caution.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has released a statement on possible threats against the city:
“The Metropolitan Police Department is working collaboratively with local and federal law enforcement and homeland security agencies to ensure the security of Washington, DC. We will continue to monitor intelligence reports and work with our federal partners to authenticate and determine the credibility of this new threat. MPD will maintain a proactive posture in response to the tragic events in Paris and the recent threats against our city. Additionally, our resource deployment and staffing have been enhanced.”
At least 129 people died and 352 were injured in multiple coordinated attacks throughout Paris, including at a crowded concert hall, the Stade de France and at least two restaurants.
CBS News reports more than 150 police raids were conducted in France and Belgium overnight looking for additional suspects in the attacks.
Belgian citizen Abdelhamid Abaaoud is believed to be the mastermind behind them, and is currently believed to be in Syria.
An international arrest warrant has been issued for Salah Adbeslam, who CBS News reports is believed to have been the logistics man and rented one of the cars found near the Bataclan concert hall, the deadliest site of Friday’s terrorism.
Three of the seven suicide bombers killed in the attacks were French citizens.
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