ISIS-K terror threat to India-Pak cricket match in New York

New Delhi: The security for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, scheduled to be held in the USA and West Indies, has been tightened following a threat from terror group ISIS-K earlier this year.

Notably, the mega event has received a security threat, particularly for the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan on June 9 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has questioned the credibility of the threat and assured that her team has been working to keep the fans safe and has elevated the security measures.

“In preparation for the T20 World Cup 2024, my team has been working with federal & local law enforcement to keep attendees safe. While there is no credible threat at this time, I’ve directed New York Police to elevate security measures & we’ll continue to monitor as the event nears,” wrote Hochul on her X account.

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman has assured that their team has rigorously planned the security and health care concerns for the massive influx of fans the tournament will experience. “This is like the Super Bowl on steroids. There will be teams from all over the world coming in. There will be fans from all over the world coming to Nassau County â€æ we have been meeting for well over six months on a regular basis to talk about security concerns and health care concerns, which could potentially arise at any kind of event of this magnitude,” Bruce Blakeman was quoted as saying by CNN.

Blakeman further revealed the county’s coordinated efforts to tighten security along with federal partners such as the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other law enforcement and homeland security and intelligence agencies.

Acknowledging the threat, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder assured fans of the robust security deployed to prevent mishaps. “We take every threat seriously. There are the same procedures for every threat. To that end, we have taken many, many precautions as well as making sure that the stadium and the surrounding Eisenhower Park are safe,” he was quoted as saying.

“I can guarantee you this. This is the largest security we’ve ever had to do in this county’s history, and I can also guarantee you this – the safest place to be in Nassau County on June 9th will be inside that stadium,” Ryder said.

Notably, the T20 World Cup will begin on June 1 with the hosts USA and Canada taking on each other in the curtain raiser at Grand Prairie Stadium, Dallas.

The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), an Islamic State group affiliate, emerged in late 2014 as a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban. Geographically, “Khorasan” refers to a historical region that includes parts of present-day Iran, Afghanistan, and broader Central Asia.

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