New York Prepares for Potential Nairobi Mall, Boston Bombing-Style Attack

Police commissioner Ray Kelly cites recent terrorist incidents elsewhere for future training at home.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly shakes hands with Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga during a visit to police headquarters in downtown Manhattan on Oct. 1, 2013, in New York.
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The head of "New York's Finest" said Thursday that recent terrorist events that grabbed world headlines have also shaped security in his jurisdiction.

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly cited Thursday the al-Shabab siege on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and the bombings at the Boston Marathon among the top issues that is shaping his concerns at home.

He has planned new procedures and training to help prevent such attacks from striking the Big Apple.

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The NYPD is planning a tabletop exercise on Friday, in which top officers in the department will walk through how they would respond to an attack similar to the Sept. 21 assault on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. More than 60 died as gunmen stormed the shopping complex and holed up for days. Hundreds were injured.

The New York City Marathon will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3, as one of the first major distance running events since the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon. Two brothers reportedly built homemade bombs and left them in backpacks, timed to explode near the finish line.

Kelly said Thursday, while speaking at the Daily Beast's Hero Summit in Washington, D.C., that he will deploy roughly the same number of police officers as previous marathons to conduct security. The department will, however, add roughly 100 more mobile cameras to monitor the course, and focus on crowd control "in certain areas."

Vehicle-mounted cameras will also film the entire route, he said.

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Kelly has held a number of nationwide and worldwide law enforcement and security positions, including in the Customs Service and in Interpol.

He refused to comment Thursday on whether he would consider a future position for the federal government, perhaps even as Homeland Security secretary, following his retirement from the NYPD.

He did offer that his city would be ready for the upcoming trial of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a terrorist leader snatched last weekend from Libya in a U.S. commando raid.

"It won't be a problem for us," he said.

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