29 hurt in Manhattan bomb blast

A homemade bomb exploded in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, on a busy Saturday night in what authorities said was an “intentional act” of terrorism. Although there were no fatalities, 29 people were injured – one of them severely – and the discovery soon after of an unexploded pressure cooker bomb nearby, was a grim reminder of the terrorist attacks the city has repeatedly suffered, mostly at the hands of elements from Pakistan.

The attack came not only during the ongoing UN General Assembly session, an event that throws the city into a security tizzy, but also just after the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the biggest terror attack on the US. Mayor Bill Blasio initially said there was no evidence of a terror connection yet, but the episode, coming just hours after a small pipe bomb exploded at a Marine Corps race on the Jersey shore, set the city on edge.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo labeled the incident as an “Act of terrorism” at a news conference on Sunday morning, but specified that there was no evidence yet of “international terorrism”.m

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