An explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea district in the US left 29 people injured on 17 September.
At around 8.30pm, the homemade bomb – that was placed in a skip – went off on West 23rd Street. A second device, described as a mobile phone attached to a pressure cooker, was found later, 4 blocks away from the first explosive.
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, has denied the existence of any evidence to suggest that the incident was a terrorist attack. He has stated that the act was “intentional”, but he went on to say, “Was it a political motivation? Was it a personal motivation? We do not know that yet”.
Another device was found in New Jersey on Monday 19 September, and exploded whilst police attempted to defuse it. 4 other devices were found along with this one, in the same backpack inside a bin.
The Chelsea and New Jersey devices could potentially be linked, but as of yet this is unclear.
New York Police Department (NYPD) has named a man who is wanted in connection with the Manhattan bombs, 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami. It has also been released that 5 people have been taken for questioning by the FBI, but their identities and involvement is unknown.
All victims of the attack are reportedly stable and out of hospital, most suffering minor injuries.