ROCHESTER (AP) -- Security has been increased at the Federal Medical Center, where a blind Egyptian cleric is serving a life prison term for being part of a conspiracy that including the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson said Wednesday that the presence of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman in the city was noted when heightened security provisions were made after the attacks that leveled the twin towers of the World Trade Center and heavily damaged the Pentagon.
"Obviously, we were aware of that circumstance. We took that into consideration in our security plan," Peterson said. Although the prison has its own security staff, he said Rochester police continue to patrol near the prison.
There have been no incidents or threats, Peterson said.
Abdel-Rahman and nine followers were convicted in federal court in New York in late 1995 for plotting what prosecutors described as "an unprecedented campaign of urban terrorism in the United States."
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