Suspicious device at NJ train station being investigated

Sep 22, 2016, 06:03
Suspicious device at NJ train station being investigated

Authorities are increasingly linking the two explosions, and a manhunt for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami is underway in connection with both the NY and New Jersey incidents.

One New Yorker, Anthony Stanhope, was in his apartment when the blast went off nearby.

An Elizabeth man is being sought for questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with an explosion that went off in New York City Saturday night.

Authorities were working to remove the other devices found in the backpack.

Also on Monday morning, a federal law enforcement official said BBs and ball bearings were among the pieces of metal that appeared to be packed into both pressure cooker bombs in NY.

A device left near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey exploded early on Monday as a bomb squad robot tried to disarm it by cutting a wire on the mechanism.

Christian Bollwage, the mayor of Elizabeth, NJ, told reporters that at around 9:30pm on Sunday two men "noticed a package in the waste basket".

The discovery of the suspicious package comes a day after an explosion in Manhattan injured 29 people, and an unexploded pressure-cooker device was found four blocks away. Another pipe bomb went off yesterday in a trash can in Seaside Park, New Jersey. No one was injured.

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Bomb technicians sent a robot to examine the devices in the backpack in Elizabeth.

"In the course of rendering one of the devices safe, it detonated". Two men discovered a backpack with explosive devices inside on September 18, and one detonated as technicians attempted to disarm it.

Police did not disclose how they zeroed in on Rahami but were known to be poring over surveillance video.

But on Monday morning, police continued searching Linden and Elmora streets, close to where the backpack was found.

Rahami wasn't on any terror or no-fly watch lists, though he had been interviewed for immigration purposes while traveling between the US and Afghanistan, one of the law enforcement officials said.

Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains have resumed regular weekday service, but the agency says customers should plan for delays.

In New York, the investigation into Saturday's bombing continued.

Package found in wastebasket by men scavenging trash.

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While all 29 people who were injured in the NY bombing have been released from the hospital, three of those hurt in Minnesota remain hospitalized, officials said. By Sunday, 26 of the injured who had been admitted to hospitals had been released.

"But they checked, nearly two months, and they say, 'He's OK, he's clear, he's not terrorist.' Now they say he's a terrorist", the father said outside the family's fried-chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Citing the FBI, New Jersey State Police said Monday that the bombings in Chelsea and the New Jersey shore town Seaside Park were connected.

Authorities said the blasts were looking increasingly like an act of terrorism with a foreign connection.

On Tuesday, President Obama and other world leaders are due to attend the UN General Assembly in NY. "They will be there for the next few hours, going through this location to find any evidence possible, whether it's in relation to this incident or the Chelsea incident".

William Sweeney, the FBI's assistant director in NY, said on Monday that that at the time of the bombing, Rahami was apparently not on the FBI's radar. "We're not taking any options off the table". This was followed by a pressure-cooker bomb that exploded in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan - similarly leaving behind other potential explosive devices.

The blast occurred around 12:40 a.m.

"Two men walking by picked the backpack out of the garbage can, probably thinking there was something of value in there, walked undewr the bridge". The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the ongoing case.

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