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DC Police On ‘Heightened State Of Alert’ In Wake Of Brussels Terror Attacks

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Washington, D.C. Police are beefing up security measures around the city, increasing patrols on District transit and other key locations following the deadly terror attacks in Brussels Tuesday.

Metro Transit Police will boost security measures and deploy K-9 units to sweep stations. Officials caution travelers to stay alert and to report any suspicious activity, but note there is “no known, specific or credible threat” to Washington, D.C., reports WTOP. (RELATED: Suicide Bombings At Brussels Airport And Metro)

“As we continue to monitor intelligence reports and work with our federal partners to authenticate and determine the credibility of this threat, we ask residents to also stay alert of their surroundings,” Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Tuesday. “If you see something, say something.”

Authorities are also ramping up security in Washington, D.C airports. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) released a statement Tuesday advising passengers to remain vigilant at all times, but stressed security at D.C.-area airports is always their top priority. (RELATED: Astounding Eyewitness Accounts Pouring In From Brussels)

“Reagan National and Dulles International airports have a robust security structure, both publicly visible and behind the scenes,” read a statement from the MWAA. “We constantly train our employees and evaluate our security procedures, in collaboration with our federal partners and local mutual aid partners, to make adjustments, updates and enhancements based on new information and situations.”

With no specified threat, authorities are more concerned about copycat attacks inspired by the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are closely monitoring events in Europe and communicating with officials in major U.S. cities, reports ABC News. (VIDEO: Explained In Two Minutes: The Insane Rise Of ISIS)

Terror attacks at an airport and aboard a metro in Brussels Tuesday morning killed over 30 people and injured hundreds. The FBI is reportedly monitoring 100 people with 24-hour surveillance who they think could be inspired by the terror attacks in Belgium, ABC reported.

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