US bomb squad det­o­nates de­vice

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A sus­pi­cious de­vice found near a New Jer­sey rail­way sta­tion ex­ploded as a bomb squad was at­tempt­ing to dis­arm it with a ro­bot, of­fi­cials say.

It was one of up to five de­vices found in a back­pack in­side a rub­bish bin near the sta­tion in El­iz­a­beth, ac­cord­ing to the city’s mayor. No-one was hurt.

The dis­cov­ery came af­ter three at­tacks at the week­end - bombs in New York and New Jer­sey, and stab­bings in Min­nesota.

The ex­plo­sion in New York’s Chelsea area in­jured 29 peo­ple.

In El­iz­a­beth, New Jer­sey, po­lice det­o­nated a de­vice yes­ter­day fol­low­ing con­cerns it was a live bomb.

“That was not a con­trolled ex­plo­sion,” said Mayor Chris­tian Boll­wage, adding that the blast hap­pened as a ro­bot ex­am­in­ing a de­vice cut a wire.

FBI Ne­wark said a sus­pi­cious pack­age con­tained “mul­ti­ple im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices”.

It was picked out of a bin by two men who thought the bag could con­tain some­thing of value.

“They started to ex­am­ine the back­pack when they found the wires and the pipes and they dropped the back­pack, walked around the cor­ner, went into po­lice head­quar­ters and no­ti­fied us right away,” said Mr Boll­wage.

In New York City, the FBI said it had stopped a “ve­hi­cle of in­ter­est” in Brook­lyn on Sun­day but made no ar­rests.

Five peo­ple were taken into cus­tody for ques­tion­ing, of­fi­cials told US me­dia. But a spokes­woman said no-one had been charged and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­tin­u­ing.

Both the bomb that det­o­nated on Saturday in Chelsea, and a de­vice found nearby, were shrap­nel-filled pres­sure cook­ers - sim­i­lar to the bombs used in the at­tack on the 2013 Bos­ton marathon, US me­dia re­port.

The two in­stru­ments ap­peared to be “sim­i­lar in de­sign”, New York Gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo said.

It comes af­ter sev­eral at­tacks in the US over the week­end:

A pipe bomb ex­ploded on the route of a char­ity race in New Jer­sey on Saturday, forc­ing the event to be can­celled but caus­ing no in­juries

Also on Saturday, at least eight peo­ple were wounded in a stab­bing at­tack at a shop­ping mall in the US state of Min­nesota

At least 29 peo­ple were in­jured in an “in­ten­tional” ex­plo­sion in the Chelsea area of Man­hat­tan at around 9pm.

An­other de­vice was later found four blocks from the site of the blast and later de­stroyed in a con­trolled ex­plo­sion

A back­pack con­tain­ing sus­pi­cious de­vices was found in El­iz­a­beth, New Jer­sey, late on Sun­day

One de­vice found in El­iz­a­beth ex­ploded early yes­ter­day as a bomb dis­posal ro­bot tried to de­ac­ti­vate it.

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