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    New York City: At least 29 wounded in 'intentional' explosion

    The moment of the New York blast was caught on CCTV

    At least 29 people have been injured in an explosion in a crowded district of New York City.
    The cause of the blast late on Saturday in Chelsea remains unclear. Mayor Bill de Blasio described it as "intentional" but said that there were no known links to terror.
    The force of the blast blew out windows and could be heard several blocks away.
    Another device, reportedly a pressure cooker rigged with wires, was later found in the same district.


    New York's fire department said that of those injured, 24 were taken to hospital.
    One received a puncture wound described as serious, while the rest suffered scrapes and bruises.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio: "No evidence at this point of a terror connection"The explosion occurred around 21:00 (01:00 GMT on Sunday), outside a residence for blind people on West 23rd St.
    Witnesses said people ran in all directions following the "incredibly loud" blast.
    Some reports said the blast went off in a black metal construction toolbox, others that it was in a rubbish bin. Several blocks were shut by police but by 07:00 only 23rd St was closed, the New York Times reported.
    A police official told the Times: "We don't understand the target or the significance of it. It's by a pile of dumpsters on a random sidewalk."
    Mr de Blasio said: "The initial indication is this was an intentional act."
    But he added: "We also want to be upfront saying that there is no evidence at this point of a terror connection to this incident."

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    @NYCITYALERTSThe second device has been described as a pressure cooker attached to wiring and a mobile phone - and this mode of attack was last seen in the US during the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013.
    A pressure cooker device also featured in a failed jihadist plot to attack New York's Times Square in 2010. Extreme right-wing cells have also made them and the instructions are freely passed around on the internet.
    The US has a dedicated laboratory where forensic scientists analyse the remains of every significant explosive device the security services recover.
    Tiny fragments of a detonated device can be enough to pinpoint how it was made - and potentially who made it. Two years ago the US scientists had a major victory when their painstaking work uncovered evidence that proved that a London taxi driver had made bombs in Iraq that killed a soldier.

    Law enforcement officials said the device found at the second Chelsea location had been removed safely.
    Image he area is now being treated as a crime scene could be heard several blocks awayChelsea is among the most fashionable districts of Manhattan and its bars and restaurants are usually crowded at the weekend.
    Those in the area described being rocked by the explosion.
    "It was an extremely loud noise, everything was shaking, the windows were shaking, it was crazy,'' said Rudy Alcide, a bouncer at a nightclub nearby.
    New York eyewitnesses say the blast sounded like thunder or fireworks. Another local, David McKay, said New Yorkers would remain defiant.
    "The city's built upon grit and whoever perpetrated this act of lunacy I would say that their message would fall on very deaf ears."
    President Barack Obama is being kept up to date on the investigation, a White House official said.
    Te Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told reporters she had been in touch with New York officials.
    "Obviously we need to do everything we can to support our first responders and pray for the victims," she said.
    "I'll have more to say about it when we actually know the facts," she added.
    Speaking at a rally in Colorado before police had commented on the cause of the blast, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told supporters that a "bomb" had gone off.
    He said: "Nobody knows exactly what's going on, but boy, we are living in a time - we better get very tough, folks."


    The blast came after a pipe bomb explosion in neighbouring New Jersey on Saturday morning along the route of a planned charity race.
    No injuries were reported, and Mr de Blasio said there was no evidence yet of a link.
    On Tuesday President Obama and other world leaders are due to attend the UN General Assembly in New York.

    New York City: At least 29 wounded in 'intentional' explosion - BBC News

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    scary. there was also a terrorist threat yesterday in seaside.

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    i imagine this one is linked to the one that went off in jersey hours earlier near the site of a charity race.
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    I live just a couple of seconds away from Seaside Park, where the early bombing happened yesterday. Everyone is being really restrained about calling them terrorist attacks or that they're even related. The one in Seaside was a pipe bomb (with two other pipe bombs connected to it, they never detonated) that was in a basic large plastic garbage can. The Marine race was delayed, and there's lots of speculations that that's why there were no injuries there. This time of the year is when the locals enjoy the beach and boardwalk and there's always some kind of activity going on around here, even though it's the off season. They canceled the race, then the seafood festival was canceled in Point Pleasant Beach. Even Belmar was on high alert. It was *shocking* to hear about NYC later that night.

    I'm not totally convinced they're related with the info we have so far. The Seaside one was a pipe bomb and I believe both of the NYC ones were pressure cookers (I know the 2nd one found there was a pressure cooker, but when I went to bed very late last night, they still hadn't released, or leaked, what type of bomb the first one was). I guess we wouldn't know how bad the Seaside one would have been if all three bombs had gone off like planned, but there was very limited damage in Seaside, and quite a lot more in NYC. It's kind of weird if they were related that they'd be different type of bombs. That they were both in (very different) garbage receptacles doesn't really sway me either ... the IRA would often use garbage cans or dumpsters because it wouldn't be odd to see someone dumping something into it. That really leaves the timing. It's definitely odd. At the very least, it seems that both bombings were kind of rookie-ish, which surely saved lives.

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    ^^^ agree, it would be odd if they were related.

    but if the seaside bomb had occurred during high season, there would have been a LOT of injuries/fatalities. ...

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    Things terrorists hate:

    1. freedom
    2. charity race fundraisers
    3. random dumpsters

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Things terrorists hate:

    1. freedom
    2. charity race fundraisers
    3. random dumpsters
    4. Happy people
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    I think that might just be the most important factor.

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    Ahmad Khan Rahami Is Arrested in Manhattan and New Jersey Bombings


    The man believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was taken into custody on Monday after he was wounded in a gunfight with the police, according to law enforcement officials.
    The dramatic episode on a rain-soaked street in Linden, N.J., came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents in the area telling them to be on the lookout for Mr. Rahami, 28, who was described as “armed and dangerous.”
    The showdown started at around 10:30 a.m. when a resident spotted Mr. Rahami sleeping in the doorway of a bar, according to officials.
    Capt. James Sarnicki of the Linden Police Department told reporters that one of the officers approached the suspect and when he woke him, he saw that he had a beard that resembled that of the man on the Wanted poster.
    The officer ordered Mr. Rahami to show hands, Captain Sarnicki said, but instead, he pulled out a handgun.


    He shot the officer in the abdomen, Captain Sarnicki said, but the bullet struck his vest.
    “The officer returned fire,” he said. Mr. Rahami fled, “indiscriminantly firing his weapons at passing vehicles.”
    Other officers joined the chase, and Mr. Rahami was shot multiple times. At least one other officer was injured during the confrontation.
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    Shortly before noon, Mr. Rahami was in custody, seen by witnesses splayed out beside the street, hands cuffed behind his back and his shirt rolled up, officers standing over him with their weapons drawn.


    Mr. Rahami, blood pouring from a wound in his shoulder and splattered on his face, was loaded onto a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance.
    Derek Pelligra, the manager of Linden Auto Body, described a wild end to the multistate manhunt. “Lot of, lot of gunfire,” he said.


    Mr. Rahami was identified by officials on surveillance video planting the bombs in Chelsea, both the device that exploded on 23rd Street and another that did not detonate a few blocks away. His fingerprint was also found on one of the pressure cooker bombs in Manhattan, according to a senior law enforcement official.
    The police believe that he was also responsible for a backpack full of pipe bombs found in Elizabeth, N.J., late Sunday.
    Mr. Rahami was described as a naturalized citizen of Afghan descent who had been living with his family in Elizabeth, not far from where he was arrested.
    A law enforcement official said the F.B.I. was also investigating whether a second person might have helped him carry out his plan.
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who said on Sunday that the attack did not appear to have a link to international terrorism, said new evidence might change that thinking.


    “I would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act,” he said on CNN on Monday morning.
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    Mr. Rahami was born on Jan. 23, 1988, in Afghanistan.
    A law enforcement official, who agreed to speak about the investigation only on the condition of anonymity, said they had conclusive evidence that Mr. Rahami was connected not just to the Manhattan explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood, but also to a bombing that took place earlier on Saturday on the Jersey Shore in Seaside Park.
    The city’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, had directed the entire patrol force of the New York Police Department — 36,000 officers — to step up their vigilance and be on the alert for Mr. Rahami.
    Dozens of officers and federal agents zeroed in on locations in New Jersey. At the same time, more than 1,000 officers from the city police force’s Critical Response Command and Emergency Service Unit were working to secure New York City landmarks, commuter hubs and other sensitive sites.
    By midmorning on Monday, the police had handled dozens of calls for suspicious packages.
    Hours before Mr. Rahami was captured, the police discovered five pipe bombs near a train station in Elizabeth, detonating one of them overnight as they sought to disarm them.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation agents with dogs and Elizabeth police officers swarmed a residential neighborhood of low-rise apartment buildings, multiple family homes and small businesses.




    Law enforcement officers closed and evacuated La Bottega Dei Sapori deli and Sonia’s Beauty, a salon to the left of the restaurant, as well as HR Computer and Communication Services Inc.
    The law enforcement official said that while there was no direct evidence yet linking Mr. Rahami to the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, much about him remained unknown.
    “We don’t know his particular ideology or what his inspiration was or whether he was directed or whether he was inspired,” the official said. “We don’t have any of that.”


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    As the search focused on Mr. Rahamani late on Sunday night, the police stopped a car on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn and took in five people who were connected to Mr. Rahami for questioning.


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