Sunday, 18 September 2016

At least 29 wounded in New York City explosion ( Photos )

Fire rescue crews block off the street near the scene of an explosion in the Chelsea, New York, on 17 September 2016
At least 29 people have been injured in an explosion in the Chelsea district of New York City, officials say.

The cause of the blast late on Saturday remains unclear. Mayor Bill de Blasio described it as "intentional" but said that there were no known terror links.

He also said there was no evidence of a link to a pipe bomb explosion in neighbouring New Jersey hours earlier.

None of the injuries is life-threatening but one is serious, the fire comissioner said.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill says officers were investigating a possible second explosive device on West 23rd Street, a few blocks away from the explosion.

Media captionMayor Bill de Blasio: "No evidence at this point of a terror connection"
The explosion in New York occurred around 21:00 (01:00 GMT on Sunday). Witnesses said people ran in all directions following the "incredibly loud" blast.

Unconfirmed reports said the blast went off in a dustbin, shattering windows in a nearby building. Several blocks have been closed down by police.

Mr de Blasio said: "We do not see a link to terrorism." He said it was too early to determine the cause but added: "We believe it was intentional."
Onlookers behind police cordon near scene of explosion in Chelsea, New York, on 17 September 2016
Chelsea is among the most fashionable districts of Manhattan and its bars and restaurants are usually crowded at the weekends.

The New York Police Counterterrorism Bureau said that it was investigating the blast and shared an image on Twitter that appeared to show a damaged dustbin.
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The earlier bomb explosion in Seaside Park, New Jersey, on Saturday came shortly before thousands of runners were to participate in a charity race. No injuries were reported there.

Speaking at a rally in Colorado as news of the explosion was coming in, 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."


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