NYPD scours bomb sites for more ev­i­dence

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By JI TAO and WANG LINYAN in New York AP and Wil­liam Hen­nelly contributed to this story. Con­tact the writers at wan­glinyan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Who­ever placed th­ese bombs — we will find them.” New York Gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo

A bomb that ex­ploded in New York City was an act of ter­ror­ism, New York Gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo says, but no link to in­ter­na­tional groups has been found, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Cuomo said the bomb caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age and “we were lucky there were no fa­tal­i­ties.”

Satur­day night’s blast in Man­hat­tan in­jured 29 peo­ple. Some 1,000 ex­tra se­cu­rity per­son­nel were de­ployed to trans­porta­tion hubs.

“Who­ever placed th­ese bombs — we will find them and they will be brought to jus­tice,” Cuomo said.

Sources told CNN that videos show the same man near the sites of both in­ci­dents.

Po­lice have been scour­ing the area for clues. The NYPD Bomb Squad and Joint Ter­ror­ism Task Force were called to the scene.

The blast hap­pened at about 8:30 pm on West 23rd Street be­tween Sixth and Sev­enth av­enues.

A sec­ond de­vice was found four blocks from the site of the ex­plo­sion in the Chelsea district and safely re­moved by a ro­bot.

Only one of the 29 in­juries from the blast was se­ri­ous, said New York Po­lice De­part­ment Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill, who spoke in a tele­vised news con­fer­ence around 11:15 pm Satur­day.

New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said there was no spe­cific con­nec­tion to an in­ci­dent in New Jer­sey in which a pipe bomb ex­ploded ear­lier Satur­day at a charity run. No one was in­jured.

“We do have video,” O’Neill said, “and we see the ex­plo­sion, and we’re go­ing to use that to help us with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

A law en­force­ment of­fi­cial told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the sec­ond de­vice, found in a plas­tic bag, ap­peared to be a pres­sure cooker at­tached to wiring and a cellphone.

Pres­sure cooker bombs have been used in a num­ber of at­tacks, in­clud­ing the 2010 Times Square car bomb­ing at­tempt, when it failed to ex­plode, and the 2013 Boston Marathon bomb­ings.

De Bla­sio said he wanted to as­sure all New York­ers that the NYPD and all other agen­cies are “at full alert, and that our anti-ter­ror ca­pac­ity in par­tic­u­lar is at full alert”.

A taxi driver who gave his name as Saqib told China Daily that he saw peo­ple run­ning after the blast hap­pened. “It was ter­ri­ble,” said the 44-year-old, who has lived in New York for 29 years. “Many peo­ple are wait­ing for a cab. Restau­rants are empty.”

A Chi­nese stu­dent who gave his name as Zhou said the blast has left “a psy­cho­log­i­cal shadow” in him. “From now on, I will be very care­ful with trash cans,” said the fresh­man who hails from Jiangsu prov­ince.

New York City po­lice said they were go­ing to blow up the sec­ond de­vice in a con­trolled det­o­na­tion at a po­lice fa­cil­ity in the Bronx on Sun­day evening.

Po­lice have not said what, if any, foren­sic ev­i­dence they’ve col­lected from that de­vice.

Hil­lary Clin­ton con­demned what she called “ap­par­ent ter­ror­ist at­tacks” in New York, New Jer­sey and Min­nesota.

Of­fi­cials in New York said Sun­day they were still try­ing to de­ter­mine who was be­hind the ex­plo­sion and what the mo­ti­va­tion was. New Jer­sey law en­force­ment would not say if a pipe bomb that ex­ploded at a sea­side com­mu­nity was ter­ror-re­lated.

Of­fi­cials said an at­tack at a Min­nesota mall in which a man stabbed nine peo­ple was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a pos­si­ble act of ter­ror­ism; an Is­lamic State-run news agency called the at­tacker a “soldier of the Is­lamic State”.

AN­DRES KUDACKI / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Fire­fight­ers ar­rive at the scene of an ex­plo­sion in Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea neigh­bor­hood on Satur­day. Of­fi­cials said the blast was “in­ten­tional”.

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