Sydney-style hostage situation ‘inevitable’ in New York, NYPD terror chief says
NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) — An attack similar to the one at a Sydney chocolate shop that left two hostages and the gunman dead is “inevitable” in New York, NYPD’s top anti-terror chief said on Tuesday.
NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence, John Miller, told “CBS This Morning” that it’s not a question of if, but of when.
The 16-hour standoff in Sydney ended early Tuesday when authorities stormed into Sydney’s Lindt Chocolat Cafe and shot the self-described sheik who had been holding several hostages.
The Daily News reports that Miller noted the incident was just the latest in a string of recent Islamic State and Al Qaeda-inspired attacks around the globe, including two murders of soldiers in Canada and the attack by a hatchet-wielding man who was shot dead when he assaulted police in Queens in October.
The NYPD’s concern is one that has been growing since the 9/11 attacks.