- LONDON (Reuters) - Outgoing
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in an interview broadcast on Sunday
he expects another attack on the city after the September 11 suicide hijackings
which killed about 3,100 people in the United States.
- ``I anticipate another attack and try as much as I can
to figure out what it will be -- where it will be, are we prepared for
it, are we doing all the things that we can do to prepare for it,'' Giuliani
- ``So, after the attack, we ... continue to try to anticipate
new things,'' he told BBC Television.
- The interview was recorded before flight attendants and
passengers on a transatlantic flight overpowered a man on Saturday who
appeared to be trying to blow up a plane with explosives packed in his
- In another interview broadcast on Sunday but taped last
week, Giuliani said Osama bin Laden, leader of the al Qaeda movement blamed
for the Sept. 11 attacks, had to be found as quickly as possible.
- ``I think there's no question that no one person is ever
responsible for evil like this,'' he said on NBC's ``Meet the Press.''
- But he said bin Laden's charisma and ``leadership ability''
put him in a special class. ``And I think the sooner and the faster we
find him the safer the world's going to be.''
- After two terms at the helm in New York, Giuliani steps
down on December 31, when billionaire Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg takes
over. Giuliani was named on Sunday as Time magazine's Person of the Year.
- Giuliani told the BBC the exact number of people who
died in the September attacks would never be known.
- ``Right now, the best number that we have in terms of
missing and dead, confirmed dead, is about 3,100,'' he said.
- ``Are there more people that we don't have records of?
Yeah sure, there has to be. With numbers that large.''
- But he said New York had already bounced back.
- ``Maybe some people just don't know it yet. It's better
because spiritually it's a stronger place. And people know it better and
respect it more,'' Giuliani said.
- Airports and governments around the world have tightened
security since the September attacks in which four aircraft were hijacked.
In addition to the two planes flown into the World Trade Center, one was
flown into the Pentagon in Washington and another crashed in Pennsylvania.
- The United States launched a war on terrorism after the
attacks, spearheaded by its military campaign in Afghanistan where bin
Laden was hiding.