New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says it is too early to know the motive behind a deliberate blast in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood that injured nearly 30 people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Too early to know motive in NYC blast: mayor
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STORY: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday (September 18) that it was too early to know the motive behind a deliberate blast in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood which injured nearly 30 people.
Officials said there was still no indication that the explosion on Saturday was linked to international terrorism, while investigators scoured the scene of the blast.
FBI investigators were to examine remnants of the bomb plus an unexploded device found four blocks away and another device that exploded about 80 miles (130 km) away in New Jersey on Saturday to see if they were connected, Cuomo said.
No international group had claimed responsibility “but it is very, very early in the investigation,” the state governor told reporters, reiterating what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had said hours after the blast.
With world leaders due to arrive in the city ahead of the U.N. General assembly, some 1,000 additional state police and National Guard officers were being sent to the city to patrol transportation hubs as a precaution, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.