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NEW YORK, July 14 – Police in New York will board city buses and subway trains and teach passengers how to recognize suicide bombers, officials said on Thursday in the wake of the deadly blasts blamed on such bombers in London.
New York, hardest hit by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been spared suicide bomb attacks such as those that plague daily life in Iraq and have frequently shaken Israel.
The bombings of three subways and a bus in London last week, which killed at least 53 people, were Britain’s first suicide attacks.
Alerting the public to identify suicide bombers is part of a broader plan to step up warnings on New York’s public transportation system of possible terror-related activity, officials said.
The idea of alerting people face-to-face comes after the New York Police Department got a positive public response when a city police officer who was searching a bus the day of the London bombings spoke to commuters about being aware of suspicious activity, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
«It is kind of unique to be on a bus to be able to do that,» Kelly said at a news conference. «In reality, we can’t do it on every bus, but I think we are going to use that where we can, where it is reasonable to do it.»(reuters)