- Title: Security raised at L.A. rail line after threat warning from foreign country
- Date: 6th December 2016
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 5, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIOR OF RED LINE STATION METRO SECURITY OFFICERS NEAR STATION METRO TRANSIT SECURITY CAR NEAR RAIL STATION VARIOUS OF SECURITY OFFICERS AND METRO TRANSIT SECURITY CAR NEAR RAIL STATION SIGN READING: METRO-UNIVERSAL CITY/STUDIO CITY PEOPLE AT STATION (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOS ANGELES RESIDENT, RASHID GREEN, SAYING: "I'm not taking the Metro tomorrow. I take it every day to work. I will not be taking the Metro tomorrow. I would be taking it seriously regardless of how serious they want to take it. I won't be there tomorrow." (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESEDA RESIDENT, ISABEL FALSTAD, SAYING: "I mean there will always be just a little luring feeling of fear but I got to go to work. So." VARIOUS OF RAIL SYSTEM MAP ON DISPLAY PEOPLE ON ESCALATOR METRO SECURITY OFFICERS TALKING TO PERSON ON BICYCLE EXTERIOR OF STATION, COMMUTERS
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- Keywords: threat Los Angeles rail line foreign country
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BQUIPZ
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- Story Text:Federal and Los Angeles officials said on Monday (December 5) they had been alerted by authorities in another country to a "specific" threat against the city's Red Line commuter rail system, prompting them to beef up security and alert the public.
Law enforcement officials at the news conference said the threat had been relayed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a law enforcement agency in another country, where the threat had originated. Officials did not identify the country.
The male caller, speaking in English, had warned authorities in that country of an attack against a Red Line station across the street from the Universal Studios theme park on Tuesday, Beck said.
The caller did not threaten to carry out the attack but said he was alerting law enforcement.
The Red Line runs between downtown Los Angeles and northern neighbourhoods, including Hollywood and North Hollywood, and carries about 145,000 passengers a day as part of the city's larger transit system. It does not operate between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Beck and Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said law enforcement would be stepped up at the Universal City/Studio City station and elsewhere along the city's rail lines.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would board the train at the Universal City station himself on Tuesday as a show of confidence.
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