New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says there was no early indication that an explosion in Manhattan was linked to international terrorism and vows to bring the perpetrators to justice. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
NY governor: no indication blast linked to terrorism
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STORY: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday (September 18) there was no early indication that an explosion that took place in Manhattan on Saturday night was linked to international terrorism.
“At this time there is no evidence of an international terrorism connection… but it is very, very early in the investigation,” Cuomo told reporters near the scene some 14 hours after the blast.
The explosion rocked the bustling Chelsea district of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people in what authorities described as a deliberate, criminal act.
Cuomo said more police would be deployed as a precaution.
“We have no reason to believe at this time that there is any further, immediate threat,” Cuomo said, “but just to air on the side of caution we will be deploying close to an additional to 1,000 New York State police and National Guard people.”
Cuomo vowed that the perpetrators would be brought to justice and said they would not succeed in what he described as their goal of disrupting life in New York.
The latest blast came less than a week after law enforcement agencies around the country were on heightened alert for the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, airline-hijacking attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.