The Hindu

Security heightened in U.S.

- VARGHESE K. GEORGE

WASHINGTON:

Cities across the U.S. were on high alert after the terror attacks in Paris though there were no reports on a specific threat to any city.

Police chiefs in several cities said the heightened patrolling and other measures were precaution­ary in nature, following the Paris attacks, and keeping in mind the busy sporting weekend in the U.S., with several events across cities. Police department­s in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Boston and Philadelph­ia said security has been beefed up . Federal government is coordinati­ng with city polices.

President Barack Obama, who described the situation as “heartbreak­ing,” spoke to President Hollande of France to offer the condolence­s. “The President reiterated the United States' steadfast, unwavering support for the people of France, our oldest ally and friend, and reaffirmed the offer of any necessary support to the French investigat­ion.

The two leaders pledged to work together, and with nations around the world, to defeat the scourge of terrorism,” a White House statement said. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson said the department the Federal Bureau of Investigat­ion were “closely monitoring events in Paris and were in contact with counterpar­ts in the region.”

 ??  ?? A man plays piano near the cordoned off area around the Bataclan theatre in Paris on Saturday.
— PHOTO: AFP
A man plays piano near the cordoned off area around the Bataclan theatre in Paris on Saturday. — PHOTO: AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India