Au­thor­i­ties call NYC ex­plo­sion a bomb­ing, say mo­tive un­known

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors work yes­ter­day at the scene of Satur­day’s ex­plo­sion in Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea neigh­bour­hood in New York. NEW YORK (AP): IN­VES­TI­GA­TORS SCRAM­BLED yes­ter­day to find out who planted a bomb that rocked a bustling New York City neigh­bour­hood, scour­ing shrap­nel, foren­sic traces and sur­veil­lance video for any link to an un­ex­ploded pres­sure-cooker de­vice found just blocks away.

Hours af­ter the Satur­day-night blast that in­jured 29 peo­ple in Man­hat­tan, there seemed to be more ques­tions than an­swers. All the in­jured had been re­leased from the hos­pi­tal by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

“We just know there was a bomb­ing,” Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said at a brief­ing at New York Po­lice De­part­ment’s head­quar­ters. “That much we do know.”

Gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo, who toured the site of the blast in Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea neigh­bour­hood, said there didn’t ap­pear to be any link to in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism. He said a sec­ond de­vice, found blocks away from the bomb­ing, ap­peared “sim­i­lar in de­sign” to the first.

That de­vice – de­scribed by a lawen­force­ment of­fi­cial as a pres­sure cooker with wires and a cell phone at­tached to it – was re­moved early yes­ter­day by a bomb squad ro­bot and was be­ing ex­am­ined by foren­sic ex­perts. The of­fi­cial spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the of­fi­cial was not au­tho­rised to speak pub­licly about an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Home­made pres­sure-cooker bombs were used in the Bos­ton Marathon at­tacks in 2013 that killed three peo­ple and in­jured more than 260.

The Man­hat­tan blast fol­lowed a pipe bomb ex­plo­sion ear­lier Satur­day in Sea­side Park, New Jer­sey, be­fore the start of a char­ity 5K race to ben­e­fit Marines and sailors. The de­vices con­tained dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and didn’t ap­pear to be con­nected, of­fi­cials said, but added that they weren’t rul­ing any­thing out yet. The race was can­celled and no one was in­jured.

The New Jer­sey de­vice con­tained ev­i­dence of a black pow­der, while the de­vice that ex­ploded in Man­hat­tan had residue from an ex­plo­sive called tan­ner­ite, said a fed­eral law-en­force­ment of­fi­cial, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he wasn’t au­tho­rised to dis­cuss de­tails of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Tan­ner­ite is of­ten used in tar­get shoot­ing to mark a shot with a cloud of smoke and small ex­plo­sion.

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