Bombs found in New Jersey station
US police found multiple improvised explosive devices in New Jersey, one of which detonated, the FBI said as investigators probed three attacks carried out on US soil in one day.
Authorities say there is no evidence the attacks were coordinated but their timing in less than 24 hours raised fears about security.
In the latest incident, “there was a suspicious package with multiple improvised explosive devices” found at the Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station, the FBI’s Newark office tweeted after the devices were found late on September 18.
“In the course of rendering one of the devices safe, it detonated,” the FBI said. Nobody was injured.
Earlier the mayor of the city of Elizabeth, Chris Bollwage, said two men had found the package and informed authorities after noticing “wires and a pipe”.
Police had already been investigating a Manhattan bombing, a Minnesota mass stabbing and a New Jersey pipe-bomb blast.
New York went on full alert, deploying nearly 1000 extra state police and National Guardsmen to airports and subway stations as President Barack Obama arrived for today’s opening of the UN General Assembly.
Twenty-nine people were injured when a bomb exploded in New York’s upmarket Chelsea neighbourhood on September 17, damaging buildings, shattering glass and sending shrapnel flying across the street.
Police uncovered a second bomb four blocks away and defused it safely before sending it to the FBI in Virginia for forensic examination.
Both bombs were filled with shrapnel and made with pressure cookers, flip phones, Christmas lights and explosive compound.
Police questioned five people with possible links to the New York bombing. The FBI tweeted that officers “did a traffic stop of a vehicle of interest” but “no one has been charged”.
On September 17, a pipe bomb exploded in a trash can on the route of a Marine Corps run in New Jersey before the start of the race, causing no injuries but forcing its cancellation.
In the Midwest, an assailant reported to be Somali-American went on a stabbing spree in a shopping mall in St Cloud, Minnesota, injuring nine people before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer. –
Law enforcement officers work at the scene of an explosion in New York on September 18. Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated the blast was not accidental, even if there was no known link to terrorism.