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Blasts in New York, New Jersey, mall stabbings shake US

A powerful explosion injured 29 people on Saturday evening in a crowded part of Manhattan, New York, and an unexploded device made using a pressure cooker similar to the one used by the Boston bombers in 2013 was discovered from the same area.

world Updated: Sep 18, 2016 22:38 IST
HT Correspondent
Manhattan blast

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials mark the ground near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York on Sunday.(REUTERS)

A powerful explosion injured 29 people on Saturday evening in a crowded part of Manhattan, New York, and an unexploded device made using a pressure cooker similar to the one used by the Boston bombers in 2013 was discovered from the same area.

Authorities called the explosion “an intentional act” but based on preliminary investigations ruled out any links to terrorism. They also would not say if they suspected the two explosives were planted by the same person or people.

There were two other incidents that raised the prospects of terrorism the same day: A pipe bomb explosion in New Jersey and a stabbing spree in Minnesota claimed by the Islamic State.

Nobody was injured in the New Jersey blast, which was defined as “clearly an act of terrorism” by the state’s governor Chris Christie.