Commuters in Los Angeles went about their business this morning amid heightened tensions over a terror threat that surfaced Monday night. As we reported previously, federal and local officials ramped up security after receiving a tip that the Metro Red Line’s Universal City station might be targeted by a bomb attack.
“Los Angeles subway commuters were met by heavily armed deputies, dogs and bag searches Tuesday,” the Los Angeles Times reports, adding: “Increased security was visible across the Los Angeles County transit system as the FBI, LAPD and Sheriff’s Department dealt with what they characterized as imminent threat of unknown credibility following a report from an overseas tip line.”
Teams from the sheriff’s bomb squad were out in force today with K-9 units, combing the Universal City station along with other areas of the city’s transit system. Meanwhile, a sign posted at the Universal station informed riders that they would not be able to ride the Red Line to downtown L.A. without having their bags searched.
The report adds: “Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Horace Frank, a top department counterterrorism expert, said word of a potential attack came from a public tip line in Australia. Analysts are still trying to assess the credibility of the information, he said.”
Frank is quoted saying late this morning: “It was very specific and detailed and given it was imminent, the decision was made to make it public. If they are testing us or turns out not to be credible, we have shown we have the ability to gather information from overseas and respond rapidly in Los Angeles.”