Bombs found in New Jersey sta­tion

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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.

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