Terrorists target four states, bomb Jewish shop in Manhattan
Terrorists detonated a timed bomb in New York city injured at least 29 including 1 seriously, according to the NYC police. Among the injured is 8 years old child travelling in a family car, which had its back window demolished by the bomb.
New York Governor Mario Cuomo admitted that the bomb explosion was an act of terrorism.
“A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism”, Cuomo said. “Whoever placed these bombs – we will find them and they will be brought to justice.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who arrived on the scene before Saturday midnight stated: “We believe at this point and time this was an intentional act.” He assured New Yorkers that there was no terrorist threat to the city. The New York Police Counterrorism Department also said in the statement” “at this time there is no evidence of a terrorist connection and no specific threats to New York City”.
According to the counterrorism experts, the New York City authorities wanted to emphasise that the FBI and Police detectives are at the early stage of investigation.
Around 8.30 p.m. IED bomb ripped off dumpster at the small shop “King David Gallery” in Manhattan. It is owned and operated by the Israeli owners, Perth Herald Tribune learnt. The explosives went off on the street filled with many restaurants and bars on a busy Saturday evening.
Witnesses described explosion as “powerful”. “I heard a bang. Sounded liked a collapse of something”, a witness said. “Incredibly loud noise”, Alexandra Sowa said. “I just heard a big explosion my apartment was shaking” – Daniello Gabrieli, Manhattan resident said. Police evacuated customers from local bars and restaurants.
Around 12.30 Manhattan residents heard a boom sound coming from the area of 27th St, which could have been a controlled explosion. Earlier media reported that there was another device placed by terrorists in a pressure cooker, a similar type of bomb that exploded during the Boston marathon in 2013 killing 3 and injuring 264. NYPD commissioner said that his units were “actively investigating” possible secondary device a few blocks away, between 6th and 7th Avenue.
On Saturday night police found second device, a pressure-cooker bomb filled with shrapnels, four blocks away from the place of the IED explosion on Manhattan. Media reported a letter that was partially written in Arabic was also found in a plastic bag that held that second pressure cooker device.
Terrorists attacked four US states Saturday evening
It appears that terrorists tried to target at least four states this evening.
Multiple people were injured at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, shopping mall on Saturday evening in an attack possibly involving both shooting and stabbing. The attack at the Crossroads Center mall started with a stabbing. Eight people are injured, but none of them suffered life-threatening wounds. All but one had been released from the hospital, according to St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis. St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson told media that the attacker “made some references to Allah”. Police also confirmed that “he had asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them.” The suspect was shot dead by off-duty policeman.
The explosion in Manhattan took place hours after a bomb went off in a garbage can in Seaside, New Jersey. Three timed bombs failed to detonate targeting Marine charity run. One bomb also exploded in the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville in the state of Virginia.