BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Police and Massachusetts State Police both issued statements Friday morning, saying they were working with federal partners to meet any security needs that might arise as a result of the United States killing an Iranian general Thursday night.
Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” after a U.S. airstrike killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of an elite Iranian military force, near Baghdad, Iraq's airport.
"To date, we are aware of no specific or credible threats to the Commonwealth," State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio said in a statement. "The Department’s Fusion Center will continue to coordinate with federal law enforcement partners to monitor incoming intelligence and will share any relevant information with public safety agencies throughout the state."
Procopio said the department will stay on "high alert" stance at airports, seaports, and critical infrastructure across Massachusetts, and that they would step up their presence if any relevant new intelligence came in.
The State Police statement specifically mentioned "heightened tension between the United States and Iran," while the BPD statement referred to monitoring "events around the world."
Boston Police said they were already stepping up their presence around the city.
"We will increase patrols to protect the city and the people that live in and visit our great city," their statement read.
Both statements reminded the public to report anything suspicious.