Security/Emergency Information

Plot Involving Suspicious Packages

Key Points from the NYPD
  • Since Thursday night, law enforcement officials identified two suspicious packages addressed to two synagogues in Chicago. 
  • Initial reports indicate that the packages contain explosive material. Forensic analysis is underway. 
  • The packages were discovered in Dubai and East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom. 
  • Cargo planes at Newark International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport originating in Yemen were searched for similar suspicious packages. 
  • Media reports indicate that one woman was arrested in Yemen on suspicion of mailing the packages and that authorities are searching for others.
Implications for New York City 
  • The NYPD is working closely with our federal partners in the intelligence community to investigate this incident. 
  • At this time, there is no known specific threat to New York City connected to this incident. 
  • The NYPD recommends that all New Yorkers remain vigilant. 
  • In the event a suspicious package is found, call 911 and do not handle it.
Implications for the Jewish community
  • There are no known additional specific threats to Jewish institutions at this time.
  • Jewish institutions continue to be targeted by those wishing to attack the United States.
  • Jewish communal institutions should review their security precautions and ensure continued vigilance, both for mail and direct threats.
  • Jewish communal institutions and known leaders should be suspicious of any packages from unknown senders. Terrorists know how to adapt. Do not assume that bombs only come from Yemen. 
  • In the event a suspicious package is found, do not handle it and call 911. Be prepared to evacuate your building.

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