In yet another terror scare in The United States, an explosion rocked New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood, a busy residential and commercial area in the city. More than two dozen people have been injured as a result of the explosion.
Meanwhile , the US President Barack Obama was today apprised of the explosion in New York in which at least 29 people were injured according to media reports , hours before his arrival in the city for the high-level UN General Assembly session.
“The President has been apprised of the explosion in New York City, the cause of which remains under investigation. The president will be updated as additional information becomes available,” a White House official said.
Obama is scheduled to travel to New York today and stay in the city for the next several days to attend the United Nations General Assembly session beginning tomorrow.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, was also briefed about the New York explosion.
She was in the Washington DC addressing the Congressional Black Caucus dinner. Referring to the explosion, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said tough measures needs to be taken.
“We better get very tough. We’ll find out. It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world and in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant. We’ll see what it is,” Trump said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the number of people injured is now 29 but none is life threatening except for one who is in “serious” condition.
A second Manhattan site is under investigation, Blasio said while addressing a press conference at the scene.
The Mayor described the explosion as an “intentional act” but said there is no evidence at this point of a terror link.
He said the city “experienced a very serious incident” and injuries are significant but added that there is “no evidence at this point of a terror connection” even as early indications suggest “this was an intentional act”.
“There is no specific and credible threat at this time from any terror organisation”, he said.
New York City new Police Commissioner James O Neill, who had his first day at the city’s police chief on Saturday, said that the “exact cause of the explosion has not yet been determined” and personnel from the police department, FBI, bomb squad and counter-terrorism departments are on the scene.
The Police Commissioner added that a “second site” is being treated at 27th street between 6th and 7th avenues by the police but did not provide more details. The New York Police Department said a “possible secondary device” has been located at 27th Street, 6th-7th Avenues.