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Foreign terrorist threat to Los Angeles rail system: FBI launches investigation

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Federal and Los Angeles officials said 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. Join today

“This threat is imminent, … it is very specific,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said. “But the credibility still needs to be vetted.”

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, Chief 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 2am and 4am.

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.

“You will see additional measures but they are out of an abundance of caution,” Beck said.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would board the train at the Universal City station himself on Tuesday as a show of confidence.

“Everybody should go about their normal day tomorrow,” Mayor Garcetti said. “People may see heightened security … But don’t let those [additional police] frighten you.”

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