USA: New Yorkers will not be intimidated by mail bombs – Mayor de Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that New Yorkers would not let an “act of terror” intimidate them, referring to suspicious packages addressed most recently to Vice-President Joe Biden, actor Robert de Niro and other public figures.

“Everyday New Yorkers have responded to this situation with the kind of strength and the kind of resiliency that this city is famous for. It makes me very, very proud of all 8.6 million New Yorkers, that they have handled this situation with a real sense of resolve. Of not going to let an act of terror intimidate them,” De Blasio said during a press conference at the NYPD headquarters in New York City.

“It is important that we proactively take steps to protect those who have come under attack. We are going to make sure there is an expanded presence as long as we need it,” De Blasio said about police response to the suspicious packages.

“If you have any information at all that you think could help law enforcement to address this situation, share it with law enforcement immediately. Let them be the judges of the value of your information. Don’t hold it back,” De Blasio said to citizens. “People can be part of solving this immediate challenge.”

Thursday’s packages addressed to Biden and de Niro are the latest in a string of mail bombs sent to prominent political figures or institutions including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, and the CNN offices in New York.

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