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DC Metro increasing security patrols after Paris attacks

DC Metro increasing security patrols after Paris attacks
© Greg Nash

The Washington, D.C. Metrorail subway system is increasing security patrols following last Friday night’s terrorists attacks in Paris. 

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the capital area subway, said Monday that its police force has "increased patrols systemwide" since Friday night’s attack in Paris, where a series of coordinated strikes killed 129 people across the French capital.

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"Riders will likely notice an increased police presence throughout the transit system," the agency said in a statement. "The additional patrols began Friday evening and will continue for an unspecified period of time." 

The agency added that there will be "additional K9 sweeps" and "expanded random explosives screening" in the wake to the Paris attacks, which has sparked fears about a similar outbreak of terrorism in crowded U.S. cities like Washington, D.C.. 

"MTPD has more than 20 K9 teams in service conducting security sweeps in and around rail stations and other critical infrastructure," the capital area transit agency said. 

"MTPD has expanded random explosives screening at station entrances," the agency continued. "Any bag or package carried onto the system may be subject to screening by MTPD officers."

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed credit for the Paris attacks. 

-Julian Hattem contributed to this report.