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[PETER] SUITCASE FOUND WITH OSAMA PICTURE/Security Heightened In NYC - PETER THORNE (5.3.11)

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Published on May 4, 2011

(5.3.11)
Osama bin Laden's surprise death has sparked fresh security concerns here in New York, the city is on heightened alert.

Fearful of a revenge attack at places like Grand Central Terminal and other sensitive locations in our area, including water taxis and ferries, security has been noticeably stepped up.

At New York's Pennsylvania Station today it looked like any typical New York City rush hour -- complete with hustle, bustle, and harried commuters heading home.

But all it took was a glance to notice the stepped-up security which has been heightened after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

At Penn Station Jayson Egan told PIX 11 News "I just noticed that there's a lot more police around, a lot more army personnel around which is a good thing."

Sources tell PIX 11News an unattended black suitcase with the picture of Osama Bin Laden on it was discovered on a subway platform. Police resolved the situation without incident. Police were taking no chances when they briefly evacuated part of midtown Manhattan today.

Cops were also checking out a suspicious package today in the subway near 34th street and 8th avenue.

Penn Station, Times Square, Bryant Park, Grand Central Port Authority, and the Financial District are just some of the iconic locations and transport hubs getting extra security attention today even as officials warn right now there are no specific or credible threats against the city.

What worries security officials the most is a so-called Lone Wolf attack like the car bomb that almost blew up a year ago in Times Square.

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