After Thanksgiving Day Threat, Police Keep an Eye on Rental Trucks

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The NYPD balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday Nov. 26, 2015, in New York.

New York City police are on alert after an article published by the so-called Islamic State called for lone wolves to target this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In the latest issue of the group's English-language, online magazine, ISIS called for its followers to carry out attacks on the parade using rental trucks. The Bastille Day attack that killed dozens in the French city of Nice over the summer was perpetrated by a man driving a rental truck.

John Miller, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, says that the threat could be meant to stir up fears around the holiday season, but police have reached out to 135 local rental truck companies since the summertime attack.

As in past years, the parade will be be protected from this sort of attack with vehicles barricading intersections. Police will also use bomb-sniffing dogs, radiation scanners and other counter-terrorism technology to keep watch over the parade.