More than 20 terror plots foiled in New York since Sept 11 attacks: Police

New York police officers keep an eye on tourists as they stand guard at Times Square on July 4.
New York police officers keep an eye on tourists as they stand guard at Times Square on July 4.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - More than 20 terror plots have been foiled in New York since the Sept 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to the city's police chief on Tuesday (Sept 8), who said the risk of another devastating attack remains "greater than ever."

Speaking before a hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security, New York City Police Chief Bill Bratton warned of "multiple hazards" on the terrorism front, from "lone wolf" attackers to radicalised supporters of the brand of Islam espoused by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

"Since Sept 11, 2001, there have been more than 20 terrorist plots against New York City," Bratton said. "So far they have been thwarted."

He added, however, that "in many respects, we currently face a greater likelihood of attack than we have seen in years," Bratton said.

On Friday, New York marks the 14th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks that levelled the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, claiming 2,753 lives, in addition to deadly attacks on the Pentagon and on a commercial airplane that crashed in rural Pennsylvania the same day.