An ISIS-linked group has called on extremists to make New Year’s Eve celebrations “bloody horror movies”.
The call comes as police patrols have been stepped up in major cities across the world in the wake of the recent truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market which killed 12 people.
Seven people were also arrested in Moscow on suspicion of planning ISIS New Year’s Eve attacks allegedly involving automatic weapons and explosives.
Islamic State-linked group Nashir Media Foundation published propaganda warning revellers: “Prepare your coffins as well. Your celebrations have become a battlefield” – according to terrorism watchdog SITE Intel Group.
New York City will deploy sand-filled trucks and thousands of police officers as part of a beefed-up plan to protect revellers at this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square.
As many as 2 million people are expected to gather on Saturday and authorities say they are not aware of credible threat to the annual festivities.
A truck attack at a holiday market in Berlin days before Christmas killed a dozen people and injured 56, while a similar incident in Nice, France, on Bastille Day this summer killed 86 people and injured more than 400.
Revellers in New York City on Saturday will find 65 large sanitation trucks filled with sand placed in strategic positions to block potential truck attacks, as well as about 100 other smaller “blocker” vehicles, officials said.
More than 3,000 police officers are set to be deployed on the streets of London as the English capital rings in the new year.
The Met Police says its plan is “not as a result of any specific intelligence” but to ensure festivities run smoothly and spectators can enjoy a fun evening and bring in the New Year safely.
The current terror threat level in the UK remains at ‘severe’ – meaning an attack is “highly likely”.