Increased Police Presence on D.C. Metro to Continue for Now

The Washington-area transit system will have a beefed-up police presence until further notice in response to the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. troops.

Metro police Chief Michael Taborn says bin Laden's death is a reminder to transit leaders that there are people out there who want to harm Americans.

Taborn says that the stepped-up security is not a response to any specific threat and that the system's train and buses aren't necessarily any less safe in the wake of bin Laden's death.

Taborn says additional random bag searches are possible and that other precautions have been taken that are less visible than the officers patrolling platforms at Metro stations.

He's urging riders to report unattended packages and any suspicious behavior.

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