It was too suspicious to be just a coincidence. On Constitution Day yesterday there were five bombs found in the tri-state area within 24 hours. At 9:30 am, a pipe bomb went off prior to a 5k race event for veterans in New Jersey, and another explosive detonated around 8:30pm in New York City, injuring 29. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the explosion is obviously an act of terrorism, but noted that we can’t yet link it to any international terrorist group.
In addition to the bombings, there was an ISIS-linked stabbing spree at a Minnesota mall. Nine were stabbed (none died) before an off-duty police officer shot and killed the attacker.
No suspects have yet been identified in either the NJ or NY bombing, but authorities now have reason to believe both bombings were caused by the same person.
Via Fox News
A law enforcement source told Fox News on Sunday that the explosive devices found in Seaside Park, NJ, and New York City are believed to be from the same person.
Officials however haven’t still publically established a common link, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said.
Investigators are now saying the detonators in the NJ bombing & NY bombing are similar. #explosion
— Edward Lawrence (@EdwardLawrence) September 18, 2016
@MSNBC reporting old-style flip phones used in all three devices. In Ny and nj
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) September 18, 2016
According to CBS Philly: The devices in New Jersey contained black powder, which is an easily attainable explosive ingredient, several law enforcement officials told CNN. The FBI is planning to take the New York pressure-cooker device to its lab in Quantico for further analysis.
Separately, the New York Post reports, A 911 caller warned of further explosions right after the blast that rocked Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and injured 29 people, The Post has learned.
“I’m looking at the explosion down the block. There will be more,” the unidentified male said, claiming to be standing at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue in the aftermath of the terrifying incident, according to law-enforcement sources Sunday.
Investigators believe the blast was the result of a home-made, pressure-cooker bomb similar to an unexploded device found later on 27th Street, sources said.
In another new wrinkle, a hand-written letter, a portion of which is in Arabic, was found inside a plastic bag that held the second device, sources said.
Needless to say, residents of the tri-state area aren’t the only ones on edge after these past two days. Whether or not they ultimately take responsibility for these bombs, ISIS has already promised more violence to come.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]