29 injured in ‘intentional’ New York blast
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