Government agencies step up security efforts amid terror threat

New York City is on high alert today after a potential terror threat was announced. The threat, which comes just days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, is credible but unconfirmed, according to officials.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and officials from the U.S. intelligence community have told residents to go about their business as usual, but to remain extra vigilant.

Top intelligence sources say they are pursuing three people, one of which is a U.S. citizen, and that they could already be in the country. Very few specifics have been released, but officials say the plot may include a car bomb and the target could be landmarks, bridges or mass transit.

Some residents commuting to Manhattan on the Metro-North today said although they are taking the threat very seriously, they refuse to be intimidated.

Mayor Bloomberg told residents to expect increased police patrols and vehicle checkpoints throughout the city. There will also be more bag inspections in the subway and train stations, as well as more bomb-sniffing dogs on patrol.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) also deployed the National Guard in an effort to step up security.

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