NEW YORK – The NYPD is keeping a close eye on the situation in France after a presumed terror attack killed scores of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice Thursday.
Police said in a statement while they're monitoring the situation abroad, there are "no specific threats" to New York City. This comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a state-wide directive for stepped up surveillance at high-profile locations such bridges, airports and mass transportation systems.
In Nice, a truck rammed through crowds on a seafront street in the southern French city. There are a reported 84 dead, including several children and at least 19 in critical condition; the death toll is expected to rise. Two of the slain victims are reportedly American.
The driver managed to continue for a mile until the he was fatally shot by police. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but French officials have already deemed the carnage as a terrorist related.
The U.S. Embassy in France urged citizens in Nice to contact family members and provided further resources in wake of the massacre.