According to recent reports, a bomb was detonated on Saturday in New York, and another explosive device was found nearby. Investigations revealed that both were shrapnel-filled pressure cookers, similar to the bombs used at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
The New York Times said the two devices used flip phones and Christmas lights to trigger the explosive. The blast ended up injuring 29 people in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. Though officials have ruled this an act of terror, as of yesterday morning no motive or suspect has been identified.
The second device was found just four blocks from the site of the explosion and was removed before it was detonated. New York governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed it was “similar in design” to the exploded device.
Both were different than the pipe bomb that detonated earlier during a charity race in New Jersey. Fortunately, that explosion did not end in injuries.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Of course, many question whether this has connections to ISIS.
“Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation? We do not know,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio commented. “We know there was a bombing. We know it’s a very serious incident. But we have a lot more work to do to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this. All possible theories of what’s happened here and how it connects will be looked at but we have no specific evidence at this point in time.”
Approximately 1,000 extra security personnel are being deployed to New York’s transport hubs following the incident, police confirmed.
We’ll update you as more information arises on this matter.