NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York quickly deployed police special forces to protect hotels and hunted for evidence at hotel bombings in Amman in case the suicide attacks in Jordan's capital presaged future strikes here.
The response Wednesday and Thursday came under New York's evolving security strategy that began when it suffered the deadliest al Qaeda attack to date -- the suicide hijackings of September 11, 2001.
"When there is a terrorist event, we always ramp up security and we have done that at the New York City hotels," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters on Thursday.
An al Qaeda group claimed responsibility on Thursday for the blasts that killed 56 people at three luxury hotels in Amman on Wednesday. The group also has been carrying out the deadliest attacks in the Iraqi insurgency.
The New York Police Department posted a liaison to Amman just 10 days ago, and within minutes of the hotel blasts he was at one scene getting briefed and filing reports to New York, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.