Security heightened at LA transit stations following threat

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LOS ANGELES - Law enforcement was tipped off Monday about an imminent bombing of a transit station in the Los Angeles-area.

The threat to the Red Line’s Universal City station has forced federal and local law enforcement in Los Angeles to swiftly ramp up security across its sprawling transit system, authorities said.

An anonymous man warned of a potential attack on Tuesday and provided the information on a tip line abroad, according to Deidre Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's office in Los Angeles. Fike declined to specify which country fielded the tip but said it was delivered in English.

In a hastily called news conference Monday night, the FBI as well as the Los Angeles-area law enforcement leaders said the threat was considered specific and imminent, but investigators were still examining its credibility, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“This could be real, it could be a hoax,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “We’re asking the public to stay calm and vigilant.”

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