New York: Blast has no links to foreign ‘terrorism’

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New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo says the
bombing that wounded 29 people does not have
any links to “international terrorism”.

The explosion tore through Chelsea, a residential
district of Manhattan that is popular for its
nightlife, late on Saturday. Police later discovered
a second bomb four blocks away, which was
safely defused and taken away for analysis.
“A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an
act of terrorism, but it’s not linked to international
terrorism. In other words, we find no ISIS
connection, et cetera,” said Cuomo in reference to
the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also
known as ISIL.

Earlier, New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio told a
news conference: “There is no specific and
credible threat against New York City at this point
in time from any terror organisation.”
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 a second device
was being investigated.

A bomb disposal team was on the scene on
Sunday morning and alert notifications were sent
out to mobile phones across Manhattan, cautioning
those in the vicinity of 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.
“They’re saying it’s not linked to terrorism at the
moment, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t,”
Terrett said. “It means that they have no evidence
and that the investigation continues.”

Source: Al Jazeera News And Agencies

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