NEW YORK (PIX11/AP) – There’s no evidence of a threat against New York City, but NYPD has beefed up patrols out of an abundance of caution in the wake of a deadly terror attack on a satirical magazine in Paris.
“These are not amateurs,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said of the two gunmen who stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo Wednesday.
At least 12 people were killed in Wednesday’s attack, and the gunmen are still at large.
Those gunmen, NYPD counter-terrorism head John Miller said, appear to “well-trained.”
Among the dead are the newspaper's chief editor -- who was also a cartoonist and went by the pen name Charb -- and a cartoonist known as Cabu.
Bratton compared the carnage in Paris to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, saying in both cases terrorists attacked the same targets in the years prior.
Charlie Hebdo’s offices were firebombed in November 2011 after the magazine published a spoof issue that "invited" the Prophet Muhammad to be its guest editor. His caricature was on the cover.
Even though the French newspaper had prompted threats from radical Muslims in the past, it hadn't stopped poking fun at the extremists.
Just minutes before the attack, the newspaper tweeted a cartoon in which the leader of the Islamic State group is seen giving New Year's wishes.
Another cartoon, which appeared in this week's issue, was entitled, "Still No Attacks in France." It had a caricature of an extremist fighter saying, "Just wait -- we have until the end of January to present our New Year's wishes."
In 2012, the newspaper published more Muhammad drawings amid an uproar over an anti-Muslim film. The cartoons depicted Muhammad naked and in demeaning or pornographic poses.
The French government defended free speech even as it rebuked Charlie Hebdo for fanning tensions.