Security raised at L.A. rail line after
threat warning from foreign country
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[December 06, 2016]
By Dana Feldman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal and Los
Angeles officials said on Monday they had been alerted by authorities in
another country to a "specific" threat against the city's Red Line
commuter rail system, prompting them to beef up security and alert the
"This threat is imminent, ... it is very specific," Los Angeles Police
Chief Charlie Beck told an evening news conference. "But the credibility
still needs to be vetted."
Law enforcement officials at the news conference said the threat had
been relayed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a law enforcement
agency in another country, where the threat had originated. Officials
did not identify the country.
The male caller, speaking in English, had warned authorities in that
country of an attack against a Red Line station across the street from
the Universal Studios theme park on Tuesday, Beck said.
The caller did not threaten to carry out the attack but said he was
alerting law enforcement.
The Red Line runs between downtown Los Angeles and northern
neighborhoods, including Hollywood and North Hollywood, and carries
about 145,000 passengers a day as part of the city's larger transit
system. It does not operate between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
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Beck and Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said law
enforcement would be stepped up at the Universal City/Studio City
station and elsewhere along the city's rail lines.
"You will see additional measures but they are out of an abundance
of caution," Beck said.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would board the train at the Universal
City station himself on Tuesday as a show of confidence.
"Everybody should go about their normal day tomorrow," Garcetti
said. "People may see heightened security ... But don't let those
(additional officers) frighten you."
(Reporting by Dana Feldman and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Leslie Adler
and Paul Tait)
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