NEW YORK (WPIX) – The N.Y.P.D. has talked to more than a dozen people with ties to Iran caught photographing New York City landmarks that could be terrorist targets, and that is raising major security concerns.

With coordinated attacks from Thailand to India to Georgia the intelligence community believes the covert war between Israel and Iran is underway and its touching New York.

The N.Y.P.D. says it believes Iran has people on the ground covered by diplomatic rights conducting reconnaissance missions and photographing possible targets like landmarks and infrastructure in the City. The fear is that information is going directly to Iran’s Hezbollah faction.

“Hezbollah is a threat to this country, a growing threat and it has gone from terrorist financing to being capable of fully operational terrorist activities,” said Republican Representative Peter King of Long Island, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

The landmarks range from the Brooklyn Bridge to Grand Central Terminal and other infrastructure and an N.Y.P.D. intelligence official says since 2005, 13 people with connections to the Iranian government have been interviewed for taking pictures in the city. They could have been tourists but the N.Y.P.D. is being cautious.

The heated battle between Iran and Israel could easily spill over to the streets of New York with it’s very large Jewish population.

In recent days a gunman has killed seven in France including three children and those brutal attacks have lead to the N.Y.P.D. to ramp up security here according to police commissioner Ray Kelly who said, “We put in additional coverage using our critical response vehicles around synagogues and other Jewish locations you might say in the city.”

So far the N.Y.P.D. says there are no known terror threats.

Source: WPIX 11


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