Written by Tharushan Fernando
18 Sep, 2016 | 5:15 pm
A bomb that exploded in New York City which injured 29 people has been confirmed by the city’s governor as an act of terrorism, but no link to international groups has been found.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said that some 1,000 extra security personnel are now being deployed to transport hubs.
A law enforcement source said an initial investigation suggested the explosion occurred in a dumpster but the cause was still undetermined.
The blast occurred at about 8:30 p.m. New York Time between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue on 23rd Street in the downtown neighborhood of Chelsea,
An official close to the investigation told International media that investigators were considering the possibility that the blast was accidentally triggered by construction explosives.
But later reports said that law enforcement sources believe an improvised explosive device caused the blast.
CCTV footage posted on twitter shows the moment of the explosion.
Another device, reportedly a pressure cooker rigged with wires, was later found in the same district.
Amateur footage, also posted on twitter, shows the bomb robot maneuvering the second device.
A U.S. official said the Joint Terrorism Task Force, an inter-agency group of federal, state and local officials, was responding to the blast, suggesting authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a terror attack.
The United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the 71st Sessions of the UN General Assembly will be held is located aproximately 3 kilometers away.
This is the moment of an explosion in New York. At least 29 people have been injured. pic.twitter.com/Z78g98cUN3
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 18, 2016
A Possible second explosive device was also found near site of New York City blast according to the New York Police.
The object , which was a pressure cooker with dark colored wiring protruding, connected by silver duct tape to what appears to be a cellphone, officials said. A piece of paper with writing on it was found nearby.Officials have not stated what was inside the pressure cooker, which has since been removed from the scene.
“The initial indications is this was an intentional act,” said Mayor de Blasio said but added that there was no evidence at this point of a terror connection to this incident.
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