No indication of terror links to Manhattan blast: New York governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday there was still no indication that an explosion that took place in Manhattan on Saturday night was linked to international terrorism.

By: Agencies | New York | Published:September 18, 2016 9:11 pm
New york, explosion, new york explosion, new york blast, manhattan neighborhood, chelsea neighborhood, deafening blast, probe, investigation, world news, indian express Police and firefighters work near the scene of an apparent explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, in New York, Saturday. (AP Photo)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday there was still no indication that an explosion that took place in Manhattan on Saturday night was linked to international terrorism.

“But it is very, very early in the investigation,” Cuomo told reporters near the scene some 14 hours after the blast.

A powerful explosion struck a bustling upscale neighbourhood in New York injuring 29 people in what the mayor described as an “intentional act” as police found a second explosive device nearby, a pressure cooker with wires, hours before world leaders descend here for the 71st UN General Assembly session.

The explosion – which happened shortly after a pipe bomb went off in a garbage can in New Jersey – occurred in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, a busy residential and commercial area frequented by tourists and city residents.

The impact damaged windows of nearby buildings and cars and sent crowds running from the scene. The blast seemed to shake the entire block, sending debris into the street.

There were no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast that occurred at 8:30 pm local time yesterday, a busy time of the weekend for over 8 million New Yorkers, who just marked the 15th anniversary of the September 2001 attacks.

Police said they have a surveillance video from the scene, but it was too early to give out details except that the explosion was caused by an explosive device in a dumpster.