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Five terror suspects questioned as a bomb explodes at New Jersey train station: FBI stops men in SUV ‘packed with weapons’ on New York bridge as cops blow up IED that was planted hours earlier

  • Authorities have admitted they are concerned an active terror cell is operating in NY and NJ 
  • Five people were apprehended on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn near to New York’s Verrazano Bridge
  • They were heavily armed according to the FBI who also said they discovered bomb making equipment
  • Police and FBI said that three pipe bombs and two smaller explosive devices were found in Elizabeth, NJ 
  • All Amtrak and NJTransit trains were being held in Penn Station in Manhattan after the discovery at station
  • The pipe bombs in New Jersey used flip phone timers and as did pressure-cooker device found in Chelsea
  • It’s believed home-made bomb that exploded also used old-school flip phone as a detonator 
  • Device found in Elizabeth is similar in appearance to device found in Seaside Park, NJ
  •  Believed that the metal dumpster the bomb was placed in prevented loss of life in Manhattan 
  • CNN have obtained video that shows the same man at 23rd and 27th streets – where the bombs were left
  • Another two men are seen on video removing the pressure cooker from a duffel bag on 27th  

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Kahlan Rosenblatt


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22:21 EST, 18 September 2016

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01:07 EST, 19 September 2016

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A bomb was detonated by police at a New Jersey station hours after five people were pulled over near New York City’s Verrazano Bridge on Sunday night and taken into custody in connection with Saturday’s Chelsea bombing.

Officers at Elizabeth train station were startled by the huge bang that erupted without warning just before 1am on Monday morning when a robot cut the wrong wire on one of five devices – causing it to explode.

While there was no immediate sign of damage to the station, authorities warned the public there may be more detonations through the night as they attempt to diffuse the IED’s.

‘This was an explosive device’ containing as many as five devices, said Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage . ‘Based on the loudness, I think people could have been seriously hurt’.

Authorities raised the frightening possibility that an active terror cell was currently in the midst of unleashing attacks across New Jersey and New York and around 9.30pm two men discovered up to five suspect packages in the trash and alerted the police.

Earlier in New York City the FBI called the NYPD for backup at around 8.45pm after making the decision to halt a ‘vehicle of interest’ on the busy Belt Parkway and found the occupants were heavily armed.

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Five people have been taken into custody in connection with the Chelsea bombing after the FBI discovered a bomb cache in New Jersey and stopped a car near New York City's Verranzano Bridge on Sunday night

Five people have been taken into custody in connection with the Chelsea bombing after the FBI discovered a bomb cache in New Jersey and stopped a car near New York City’s Verranzano Bridge on Sunday night

On Sunday night, investigators examined a suspicious device found in a trash can near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, that forced the suspension of service on the busy Northeast Corridor line. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said two men called police and reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package after finding it at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday

On Sunday night, investigators examined a suspicious device found in a trash can near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, that forced the suspension of service on the busy Northeast Corridor line. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said two men called police and reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package after finding it at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday

Warnings: The Mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Christian Bollwage, told reporters outside the station there was a significant danger the suspect package was indeed an explosive device 

Warnings: The Mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Christian Bollwage, told reporters outside the station there was a significant danger the suspect package was indeed an explosive device 

Developments: Agents with the FBI pulled over a car on a highway in Brooklyn on Sunday night and were questioning the vehicle's occupants in connection with the investigation into the New York City bombing that injured 29 people, authorities said.

Developments: Agents with the FBI pulled over a car on a highway in Brooklyn on Sunday night and were questioning the vehicle’s occupants in connection with the investigation into the New York City bombing that injured 29 people, authorities said.

No one has been charged with any crime and the investigation is continuing says the FBI who confirmed all five individuals are from New Jersey.

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One of five abandoned explosive devices detonates in Elizabeth, New Jersey train station

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The NYC explosive device and the pipebomb that detonated in New Jersey on Saturday were both activated by older flip phones

According to the New York Daily News, law enforcement later discovered three pipe bombs and two smaller devices at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, near to Newark Liberty International Airport.

According to Mayor Bollwage, two unidentified men found a package in a trash bin around 9.30pm and decided to take it because they ‘thought it was of some value’.

When they saw wires and the pipe they dropped it and called Elizabeth Police.

Police deployed a robot to examine the device which Bollwage described as a ‘possible live bomb’ and are currently on scene.

All train traffic out of Manhattan to New Jersey was immediately halted while the bomb squad was dispatched.

State Sen. Martin Golden said the incident is connected to what happened in Chelsea and the FBI later confirmed that it was.

‘About an hour ago, the FBI took several individuals into custody on the Belt Parkway in the area underneath the Verranazno Bridge, with a possible connection to last night’s bombing,’ wrote Golden onto his Instagram. 

This comes after authorities said that they were hunting three men seen in surveillance footage near to the scene of Saturday night’s explosions. 

CNN claimed to have seen video which places the same man at 23rd and 27th streets in Manhattan – where one bomb detonated and another pressure cooker device failed to detonate. 

The security footage from Saturday reveals a man dragging what appears to be a duffel bag on wheels near to the bomb detonated on 23rd street. This was 40 minutes before the blast

Another video also appears to show the same duffel bag on 27th street.

After five home-made bombs were found in the tri-state area, officials have said the commonality between the devices is that all used old-fashioned flip phones as detonators 

After five home-made bombs were found in the tri-state area, officials have said the commonality between the devices is that all used old-fashioned flip phones as detonators 

In this video, the man seen at both locations leaves it and then two men approach the bag and remove a white garbage bag.

It is not know if the two men are connected with the individual seen at both locations.

‘We don’t have everything in. Think of a jigsaw puzzle out in the street right now,’ said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. ‘Do we think they’re related? Yes, we have to move in that direction, but right now we’re not ready to make those calls yet.’ 

The explosions happened on the same day a pipe bomb went off near a Marine Corps charity run in New Jersey and nine people were stabbed by a man at Minnesota mall – leading some to say America underwent three terror attacks in the space of 12 hours. 

Strong: The mangled dumpster was crumpled by the force of the explosion - but the owner says that was fortuitous because it contained the explosion 

Strong: The mangled dumpster was crumpled by the force of the explosion – but the owner says that was fortuitous because it contained the explosion 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (second from right) look over the mangled dumpster believed to be the  site of the explosion

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (second from right) look over the mangled dumpster believed to be the site of the explosion

All phones used as detonators were similar in design and officials say another similarity was the lack of know-how that went in to making the bombs

All phones used as detonators were similar in design and officials say another similarity was the lack of know-how that went in to making the bombs

Out of the five devices found or detonated on Saturday, three failed to work as designed. However, the one that went off in Manhattan injured 29 people and caused extensive damage 

Out of the five devices found or detonated on Saturday, three failed to work as designed. However, the one that went off in Manhattan injured 29 people and caused extensive damage 

The similarity between how the bombs were made and the use of old school cell phones has led to some speculation the blasts in two states could be related 

The similarity between how the bombs were made and the use of old school cell phones has led to some speculation the blasts in two states could be related 

Three pipe bombs found in New Jersey and two IEDs that terrorized New York City on Saturday all have one thing in common – cell phones. 

An old-school flip phone was used as a timer in all five home-made bombs.

Authorities said they still have not found any indication the incidents in New Jersey and New York are related, but in both cases flip phones were used as timers to detonate the explosives.

All phones used as detonators were similar in design, according to PIX 11

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‘We do not have any specific evidence of a connection, but that will continue to be considered. We’re not taking any options off the table,’ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. 

Investigators told NBC 4 New York all the old-fashioned flip phones were found attached to the devices. 

Authorities have also said another similarity was the lack of know-how that went in to making the bombs. 

Out of the five devices found or detonated on Saturday, three failed to work as designed.   

An undetonated pressure-cooker explosive had a cell phone attached to it and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the device was similar to the one that exploded in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea.

Additionally, the devices found in New Jersey contained an easily obtainable explosive black powder. 

Residue of an explosive often used for target practice that can be picked up in many sporting goods stores was also found in the Manhattan bombing, a federal law enforcement official said Sunday. 

Additionally, the devices found in New Jersey contained an easily obtainable explosive black powder and residue of an explosive that can be bought at many sporting goods stores was also found in the Manhattan bombing

Additionally, the devices found in New Jersey contained an easily obtainable explosive black powder and residue of an explosive that can be bought at many sporting goods stores was also found in the Manhattan bombing

The residue comes from Tannerite and may be important as authorities probe whether the blast was connected to the unexploded pressure-cooker device found by state troopers just blocks away, as well as the pipe bomb blast in New Jersey

The residue comes from Tannerite and may be important as authorities probe whether the blast was connected to the unexploded pressure-cooker device found by state troopers just blocks away, as well as the pipe bomb blast in New Jersey

No Tannerite residue was identified in the New Jersey bomb remnants, in which a black powder was detected, said an official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity

No Tannerite residue was identified in the New Jersey bomb remnants, in which a black powder was detected, said an official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity

Experts said a large amount of Tannerite would be required to create a blast like the one Saturday night, as well as an accelerant or other ignitor

Experts said a large amount of Tannerite would be required to create a blast like the one Saturday night, as well as an accelerant or other ignitor

'We do not have any specific evidence of a connection, but that will continue to be considered. We're not taking any options off the table,' New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said

‘We do not have any specific evidence of a connection, but that will continue to be considered. We’re not taking any options off the table,’ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said

The residue comes from Tannerite and may be important as authorities probe whether the blast was connected to the unexploded pressure-cooker device found by state troopers just blocks away, as well as the pipe bomb blast in New Jersey.

No Tannerite residue was identified in the New Jersey bomb remnants, in which a black powder was detected, said an official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Tannerite, which is often used in target practice to mark a shot with a cloud of smoke and small explosion, is legal to purchase and can be found in many sporting goods stores. 

Experts said a large amount would be required to create a blast like the one Saturday night, as well as an accelerant or other ignitor. 

Speaking about the explosion in Chelsea and the undetonated pressure-cooker device found just blocks away, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said: 'We don't have everything in. Think of a jigsaw puzzle out in the street right now'

Speaking about the explosion in Chelsea and the undetonated pressure-cooker device found just blocks away, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said: ‘We don’t have everything in. Think of a jigsaw puzzle out in the street right now’

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Sunday that investigators do not see a connection between the two suspected bombings

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Sunday that investigators do not see a connection between the two suspected bombings

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the explosions that went off in New York and New Jersey on Saturday are 'terrorism' — but don't appear to be linked

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the explosions that went off in New York and New Jersey on Saturday are ‘terrorism’ — but don’t appear to be linked

Speaking about the explosion in Chelsea and the undetonated pressure-cooker device found just blocks away, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said: ‘We don’t have everything in. Think of a jigsaw puzzle out in the street right now.

‘Do we think they’re related? Yes, we have to move in that direction, but right now we’re not ready to make those calls yet.’ 

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Sunday that investigators do not see a connection between the two suspected bombings. 

However, the home-made devices in both states still bare an eerie similarity. 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the explosions that went off in New York and New Jersey on Saturday are ‘terrorism’ — but don’t appear to be linked.

Governor Cuomo called the act an ‘obvious act of terrorism’.

A pipe bomb set in a garbage can (pictured) exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, before thousands of runners were due to take part in a charity 5K race to benefit marines and sailors

A pipe bomb set in a garbage can (pictured) exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, before thousands of runners were due to take part in a charity 5K race to benefit marines and sailors

No one was injured in the New Jersey explosion and approximately 29 people were hurt after the explosion in Manhattan 

No one was injured in the New Jersey explosion and approximately 29 people were hurt after the explosion in Manhattan 

‘A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism. A bomb going off is generically a terrorist activity. 

‘That’s how we’ll consider it. And that’s how we will prosecute it,’ he said.

At 9.30am on Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded shortly before the Semper Five Run at Seaside Park, New Jersey.

Around 8.30pm, a suspected IED detonated in the popular neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan. 

No one was injured in the New Jersey explosion and approximately 29 people were hurt after the explosion in Manhattan. 

New York City was on high alert on Sunday just hours after Saturday night's bombing and bomb scare. Armed Forces were present in major hubs of the city

New York City was on high alert on Sunday just hours after Saturday night’s bombing and bomb scare. Armed Forces were present in major hubs of the city

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces stand guard in Grand Central Terminal, Sunday, as about 1,000 additional law enforcement officers were being deployed

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces stand guard in Grand Central Terminal, Sunday, as about 1,000 additional law enforcement officers were being deployed

Heavily armed police officers stand guard in the Armed Forces recruitment center island (pictured) in New York's Time Square

Heavily armed police officers stand guard in the Armed Forces recruitment center island (pictured) in New York’s Time Square

All those injured in Manhattan have since been released from the hospital.  

Seaside Park is approximately an hour and a half south of Chelsea in Manhattan.

The detonations appeared similar after occurring just hours apart.

Two additional unexploded pipe bombs were also found in a garbage can near the event 5km run in New Jersey, and it is unclear what actually caused the explosion in Manhattan, but the device was also believed to be planted in a garbage container.

Officials said none of the devices found are very sophisticated but there is enough understanding of bomb making to be lethal. 

The pressure-cooker device is going to be taken to the FBI’s lab in Quantico for analysis. 

Homemade pressure cooker bombs were used in the Boston Marathon attacks in 2013 that killed three people and injured more than 260.

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Sunday that investigators do not see a connection between the two suspected bombings

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Sunday that investigators do not see a connection between the two suspected bombings

The pressure-cooker device, which stopped the Chelsea neighborhood in its tracks, is going to be taken to the FBI's lab in Quantico for analysis

The pressure-cooker device, which stopped the Chelsea neighborhood in its tracks, is going to be taken to the FBI’s lab in Quantico for analysis

Officials solicited tips from the public, telling reporters at a news conference in the New York Police Department’s headquarters that they didn’t know who set off the bomb or why.

An additional 1,000 state troopers and members of the National Guard were placed at transit hubs and other points throughout New York City and extra police officials were patrolling Manhattan, officials said. 

Members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force were investigating the blast along with New York Police Department detectives, fire marshals and other federal investigators.

Meanwhile, a law enforcement official said federal investigators had discounted a claim of responsibility on the social blogging service Tumblr. Investigators looked into it and didn’t consider it relevant to the case, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

No one was injured in the New Jersey explosion and approximately 29 people were hurt after the explosion in Manhattan 

No one was injured in the New Jersey explosion and approximately 29 people were hurt after the explosion in Manhattan 

 

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