Fear in New York, where a bomb hidden in a trash can went off last night in Manhattan, between the 23rd Street and 7th Avenue, more precisely in the Chelsea neighborhood. The strong explosion injured at least 29 people, one of whom is in serious condition. Police, firefighters, FBI, and antiterrorism rushed on the spot. The area has been cordoned off and several subway lines were closed.
A few minutes after the explosion, the police also found a second bomb still in Chelsea, close to the dumpster-bomb. According to CNN, it was a pressure cooker with dark-colored wires coming out of the top of the pot. None of the officials, CNN reports, has been able to tell what was inside the pot. Near the pressure cooker, was found also a scrap of paper with an inscription.
According to the New York police, it was an intentional attack, not of an accidental explosion. Whereas according to the Mayor De Blasio, there is no evidence of any existent links with terrorism. No connection also with the explosion that took place yesterday in New Jersey, along the route of a charity marathon promoted by the US Marines.
The explosion took place at around 8:30 p.m., local time, in one of the most crowded and lively areas in Manhattan, and in one of the busiest streets of the city: on the 23th Street there are several metro stations and many restaurants, supermarkets and offices.
As to the matrix of the attack, it is still uncertain. No trail can be excluded yet. The investigation continues, but the authorities use caution when talking about international terrorism. So far, “there is no evidence of terrorist connections” -, said Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio, who also pointed out that the act was nonetheless “deliberate”.