New York Governor says bombing was ‘act of terrorism’

New York, Sep 18 (IANS) A day after a bomb exploded in Manhattan injuring 29 people, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said the explosion was an “act of terrorism” but authorities have not linked it to international terrorist groups.

A bomb went off around 8.30 p.m. on Saturday in a dumpster in Chelsea, a neighbourhood popular with tourists due to its many restaurants, EFE news reported.

“A bomb going off is generically a terrorist activity. That’s how we’ll consider it. And that’s how we will prosecute it,” Cuomo said, referring to the bombing in the Manhattan neighbourhood.

Whoever planted the two bombs in Manhattan will be found, the Governor said.

The blast wounded 29 people and sent dozens of others running for safety.

A second bomb was found at another location in Chelsea, but it did not explode.

“We will find whoever did this or whatever group did this and they will be brought to justice, period,” Cuomo said.

The Governor said authorities would not allow the individuals behind the attack to disrupt their lives.

“I want New Yorkers to be confident when they go back to work on Monday that New York is up and running and we’re doing everything that we need to do,” Cuomo said.

–IANS

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