Police are beefing up security for next week’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City after ISIS encouraged its followers to use trucks on the crowd, an attack style that proved deadly in France this summer.
NBC News reports the terror group made the appeal last weekend in its English-language magazine, calling the parade “an excellent target.” Officials will use sand-filled trucks and concrete barriers to block areas around the parade route.
Experts believe President-elect Donald Trump’s win has given ISIS a boost, because it’s believed the terror group thinks Trump could be easier to provoke than President Barack Obama.
“ISIS sees the Trump presidency as a great victory, an astounding victory,” NBC News terrorism security analyst Malcolm Nance said.
“As early as last year, they were putting out propaganda pieces talking about Donald Trump and his ban on Muslims,” Nance continued. “But now, just in the last few days, we’ve seen multiple pieces of ISIS propaganda portraying this as a new rallying point for their jihad against the West.”
The terror group’s article listed instructions on how to cause the most casualties with trucks. In July, a terrorist used a rental truck to drive through a crowded street on Bastille Day in Nice, France. Eighty-six people were killed, and hundreds were hurt.
Officials told NBC News there’s no specific or credible threat to the parade at this time, but John Miller, the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism expert said “this is not something that just occurred to us over the weekend.” Miller wants people to stick to their plans and enjoy the parade.
Three-and-a-half million people are expected to gather to watch the parade on Thanksgiving.