(Worthy News) - Three violent attacks over the weekend that left almost 40 people injured remained shrouded in questions, but together they fueled growing fears among authorities about terror assaults by small groups, lone wolves or simply deranged individuals.
New York Bombs Filled With Explosives, Shrapnel
Counterterrorism agents were combing through surveillance videos as they hunted for a bomb maker who set off an explosion in New York Saturday night that injured 29 people, putting the city on high alert.
Officials said they were trying to determine if the explosion in Manhattan, an unexploded device that was found four blocks away and a blast earlier in the day about 80 miles away in New Jersey were the work of the same individual or group.
Authorities on Sunday said they see similarities between the bombs—cellphones were used in all three devices—but that they hadn’t made a clear connection. [ Source ]
'An Act of Terrorism': Investigators Hunting for Clues in NYC Bomb That Injured 29
Authorities studying surveillance video on Sunday from both areas may have identified the same man at each location, law enforcement sources told NBC New York.
Meanwhile, the FBI confirmed that a "vehicle of interest in the investigation" was stopped near the Verrazano Bridge in New York late Sunday. No one had been charged, and "the investigation is ongoing," said a spokesperson who gave no further details. [ Source ]
‘There will be more’: Chilling 911 call after the Chelsea explosion
A 911 caller issued a chilling warning moments after the Saturday night bomb that rocked Chelsea — saying, “There will be more.’’
“I’m looking at the explosion down the block. There will be more,” the unidentified male caller threatened, law-enforcement sources told The Post Sunday. [ Source ]
5 People Taken Into Custody in Connection with Chelsea Explosion
Sources say five people were taken into custody with a possible connection to Saturday's bombing in Chelsea.
At 8:45 p.m. Sunday the FBI and NYPD conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle of interest in the investigation into the bombing. [ Source ]
Islamic State claims responsibility for Minnesota mall attack
A man who stabbed nine people at a mall in central Minnesota before being shot dead is a "soldier of the Islamic State," the militant group's news agency said on Sunday, as the FBI investigated the attack as a potential act of terrorism.
The man, who was wearing a private security uniform, made references to Allah and asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud on Saturday, the city's Police Chief William Blair Anderson told reporters. [ Source ]
Explosive device detonates near Elizabeth train station
An explosive device in a backpack detonated near the Elizabeth train station early Monday, as authorities were using a bomb robot to examine the item, officials said.
The blast occurred around 12:40 a.m. at Morris Avenue and Julian Place. The explosion was not a controlled blast, but happened as a bomb robot was cutting the device, according to Mayor Christian Bollwage. No one was injured in the blast, Bollwage said. Police found five devices inside a single backpack near the train station, including one that went off. [ Source ]