29 in­jured in New York blast

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/worldwide -

AT least 29 peo­ple suf­fered mi­nor in­juries in an ex­plo­sion in a busy part of New York that the city’s mayor said ap­peared to be in­ten­tional, adding there was no ev­i­dence of a “ter­ror con­nec­tion”.

“There is no spe­cific and cred­i­ble threat against New York City at this point in time from any ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Mayor Bill de Bla­sio told a news con­fer­ence.

De Bla­sio said that, though in­juries were sig­nif­i­cant, none of those hurt was likely to die.

“It is too early to de­ter­mine what the in­ci­dent was caused by. We be­lieve it was in­ten­tional. A full in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way,” the mayor said.

A po­lice of­fi­cial said on Twit­ter that a sec­ond po­ten­tial de­vice was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Al Jazeera’s John Ter­rett, re­port­ing from New York, said po­lice had “found some kind of pres­sure cooker … wrapped in sil­ver duct tape. It has wires pro­trud­ing from the cen­tre of it, and on the side of it is some kind of de­vice thought to ei­ther be a timer or a cell­phone.”

A bomb dis­posal team was on the scene early on yes­ter­day morn­ing and alert no­ti­fi­ca­tions were sent out to cell­phones across Man­hat­tan, cau­tion­ing those in the vicin­ity of Man­hat­tan’s 27th Street “to move away from the win­dows,” said Ter­ret.

The dis­posal unit later re­moved the de­vice from Man­hat­tan for anal­y­sis at a spe­cialised fa­cil­ity.

Ter­ret said po­lice had ruled out gas or faulty con­struc­tion equip­ment be­ing the cause of the blast. — Al Jazeera.

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