By Rick Ritter

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — After the deadliest attack on French soil since World War II, the French government is fighting back, with airstrikes, arrests and a declaration of war.

The well-coordinated assault left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more hospitalized.

Rick Ritter with the local safety concerns.

Baltimore police have already deployed additional resources across the city. Even though there’s been no credible threat against the U.S., some believe Maryland could be a prime target.

Seventy-two hours after Friday’s brutal massacre, Baltimore lights up in solidarity with Paris, while many are now living with a sense of uncertainty.

“Let’s face it, there’s definitely a chance that havoc could come upon us,” said Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security.

From the tunnels of New York City to the streets of Baltimore, heightened security is the common theme.

At M&T Bank Stadium Sunday, fans faced increased precautions, including bomb-sniffing dogs and bans on bags.

And while it was Washington, D.C. named in the latest ISIS video, experts believe Maryland is far from a distant thought.

“We’ve got the NSA, National Security Agency, National Institute for Science and Technology, we’ve got military bases,” Greenberger said.

Expert Michael Greenberger cites valuable resources in the state.

“We should not have any comfort in that we will be ignored as opposed to D.C.,” he said.

While Maryland has been listed as a potential target by ISIS, experts believe both the state and the entire country are more equipped to prevent an attack than others around the world.

“We’ve got to be smarter, we’ve got to be more attentive and we’ve got to do an incredible job with sharing intelligence information in order to keep Americans safe,” said Senator Ben Cardin, (D) Maryland.

A proactive approach on ISIS is exactly what FBI Director James Comey focused on in Baltimore, just months ago.

“I do not have an easy solution, but I want to make sure the American people know about this and that we as a democracy talk about it,” Comey said.

An army of terrorists that’s now gripping the entire world.

Governor Hogan was asked Monday about his stance on accepting Syrian refugees into Maryland. He said Maryland will make a reasoned and careful decision on what to do.


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