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Malloy Orders Extra Security at Airport and Train Stations

Commuters will soon see an extra police presence at Bradley International Airport and along Metro-North and Amtrak rail lines, a precaution taken in light of recent terror threats, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Malloy announced the order in a news release Thursday.

A spokesperson for the governor's office said additional patrols would start immediately upon the next shift change and commuters should see a higher police presence within the next few hours.

"The health and safety of our citizens is my number one priority," Malloy said in the release, citing "current events overseas and out of an abundance of caution."

"But let me be clear," he added, "there is no credible threat against the State of Connecticut at this time and these measures are precautionary in nature."

"There is no specific threat against Bradley Airport," said Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon. "People can come to the airport and feel safe and secure."

It comes after the Iraqi prime minister claimed to have knowledge of a terror plot targeting the subway systems in New York City and Paris. U.S. law enforcement, however, said it has not uncovered evidence of a direct threat.

"From the U.S. intelligence community's perspective, there simply is nothing, in the near term, from this threat that is truly credible," counterterrorism analyst Michael Leiter told NBC Nightly News.

Residents are urged to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity or items to the state Homeland Security Tips Line at 866-HLS-TIPS.

Call 911 in the case of an immediate threat.

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