29 in­jured in ‘in­ten­tional’ New York blast

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NEW YORK: A de­lib­er­ate ex­plo­sion rocked one of the most fash­ion­able neigh­bour­hoods here on Satur­day night, in­jur­ing 29 peo­ple, one se­ri­ously, a week af­ter Amer­ica’s fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal marked the 15th an­niver­sary of the 9/11 at­tacks.

The blast oc­curred in Chelsea at around 8.30pm on West 23rd Street at a typ­i­cally bustling time of the week­end in an area packed with bars, restau­rants and lux­ury apart­ment blocks.

Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said there was no known link to ter­ror at this stage, as po­lice in­ves­ti­gated 27th Street for a re­ported sec­ondary de­vice, scram­bling to re­as­sure the city’s 8.4 mil­lion res­i­dents.

The ex­plo­sion comes two days be­fore world lead­ers led by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama gather here for the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

“We be­lieve it was in­ten­tional. As soon as we’re able to de­ter­mine what specif­i­cally caused this ex­plo­sion, we will re­port it,” de Bla­sio said. – AFP

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