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FBI and Police react to ISIS video featuring Las Vegas

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The Seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is seen in this undated photo. (AP Photo) The Seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is seen in this undated photo. (AP Photo)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Although the terrorist group offered no evidence, ISIS has officially claimed responsibility for the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Monday. 

Along with the attack, just days earlier, an ISIS video surfaced pointing to the Las Vegas strip among three other major U.S. cities. 

The Las Vegas strip has been a hot spot for tourists, conventions, even award shows, but after the Manchester bombing and an ISIS video, safety has been questioned by tourists like Samia Warrington and Trisha Barrios.

"It's very scary," Warrington said. "When you see it, you realize that could've been me."

"I feel safe being here," Barrios said. "But again, you never know."

Barrios said she feels uncertain, especially after a video surfaced from ISIS with images of the Las Vegas strip.  

"That's scary," Barrios said. "These are tourist attractions that people come to all the time and it's a scary thing to think about."

Christopher Caruthers, a terrorism expert, said the people of Las Vegas should feel safe despite the video. He said he believes it's just a scare tactic and said they picked Las Vegas to be in the video for a reason. 

"We're viewed as an immoral people," Caruthers said. "People come here and they experience things they would've never imagined, because they come here and fall into the 'sin' portion of 'Sin City.' Then they go back and they feel so ashamed at what they've done and go back and tell people about how horrible this country is."

The Las Vegas division of the FBI agreed with Caruthers and released a statement.

"The FBI Routinely shares information with our state, local, & federal law enforcement, intelligence and homeland security partners in order to keep our citizens safe," the statement said.

Meanwhile the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department held a press conference regarding steps they're taking to keep the strip safe. 

"That's what we do, that's who we are. is trying to ensure the safety and prevent any kind of terrorist activity," said Metro Captain Christopher Darcy. 

Local police work with State and Federal agencies in the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center. They share information about potential threats and take steps to keep the streets safe. 

"if you're familiar with the new years eve event, we've placed some barricades, some 18 wheel trucks, to try to prevent a vehicle from coming down the strip," Darcy said. 

Although there has never been an attack, there have been other dangerous scares on the strip, like when Lakisha Holloway allegedly mowed down pedestrians. 

Caruthers said the best response to any type of attack is vigilance. 

"If your civilian population is calling in saying 'Hey, this is out of the ordinary (it's important)." "It's the little small details sometimes that you would notice as someone who lives in that community."

Caruthers also said the arrest last month of terror suspect Nicolai Mork is proof that awareness is key. 

"They found a threat and they neutralized a threat before it became a threat," Caruthers said. "That one instance shows us that our community is working."

 "We need you to tell us when there is something out there, so that we can respond to it, we can vet it, we can investigate it, and we can handle it to make sure nothing occurs," Darcy said. 

The ISIS video showing Las Vegas did not make any specific threat the city.

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