NYPD steps up security after London attack

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The NYPD says it has increased police coverage at the British consulate in Manhattan, military recruiting stations and other city locations after an off-duty British soldier was hacked to death by two men as he walked near his barracks in London.

There is no indication that any New York City sites have been targeted, and the NYPD is acting with "an abundance of caution," Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said in statement released late Wednesday.

The Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement that "In response to the recent terror attack in London, ...[it] has heightened its awareness throughout the county."

A Nassau County police spokeswoman said she knew of no immediate changes as a result of the London attack, which took place Wednesday near the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich Common in southeast London.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday there are strong indications that the attack on the soldier was an act of terrorism, and his top advisers will be examining the potential security implications of the attack.

One of the attackers went on video to explain the crime -- shouting political statements, gesturing with bloodied hands and waving a meat cleaver. Police shot and wounded the unidentified assailants and took them into custody.

A British government official said both suspects were part of previous security services investigations for possible terror links.

With The Associated Press

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