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Metro Warns Public of Terror Threat

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LAS VEGAS -- Just two days ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, security is ramped up after a terror threat is aimed at two major cities. Throughout the Las Vegas Valley, police will increase their presence. Both Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases are stepping up security as well.

The treat is coming for Al Qaeda. Counterterrorism officials say the terror group may be planning to bomb bridges and tunnels in New York City and Washington D.C. U.S. officials say the threat is specific and credible.

"We are taking this threat seriously and federal, state and local authorities are taking all necessary steps to address it," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The search is on for three operatives who may already be in the country. Some may even be U.S. citizens.

Local agencies are gearing up because of the threat. The strategy has been in place for weeks, with police planning saturation patrols. Now, with threats targeting New York and Washington, there's an added urgency to the warnings coming into to the local counterterrism task force.

"We are an attractive community to people who don't necessarily like the western style of life. It's that simple," said Metro Deputy Chief Greg McCurdy.

Las Vegas is not mentioned in the latest round of terrorism threats from Pakistan, but with memories of five of the 9/11 hijackers visiting this city before the attacks, Las Vegas is on guard. McCarran Airport will have more uniformed officers at ticketing and baggage areas. The Las Vegas Strip will have a Metro mobile command post, as well as more undercover officers.

"We want every valet parker, we want every landscaper, we want every hotel guest room attendant to pay attention as you're doing your daily job," said McCurdy.

Signs tell residents and tourists alike, See Something, Say Something. Last May's attempted bombing at Times Square was stopped by two street vendors noticing suspicious activity near a parked van.

Metro says they have been planning stepped up patrols for weeks, with the hopes of offsetting some of the costs.

Metro says they were watching Thursday's power outage in San Diego, concerned it could have been a pre-operational terrorism plan. It turned out to be a maintenance mistake.

Tips to Metro Police's Counterterror Task Force can be called in to (702) 828-8386.

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