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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 the 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 Street
A bomb was detonated by a police robot at a New Jersey station on Sunday night as the FBI conducts a manhunt for a suspected terrorist cell behind the Manhattan bomb blast on Saturday night.
Footage from the scene showed the robot accidentally cut the wrong wire on one of five IEDs dumped in a trashcan at the train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey late on Sunday night, resulting in a huge explosion.
Hours earlier, the FBI stopped an SUV with five armed men inside on New York’s Verrazano bridge in connection with Saturday’s Manhattan bomb. They are currently questioning those men, who were believed to be on their way to the airport when they were stopped, but say there could be more suspects at large and a terror cell may exist in the area. Officials have suggested that all or most of the arrested men are from the same family.
It was the second night of suspected terrorism in the New York area, after a bomb exploded in Chelsea hurting 29 people and a second device was found and defused on Saturday night. A military fun run was also pipe bombed in New Jersey on Saturday.
Officers at Elizabeth train station were startled by the huge bang that erupted without warning just before 1am on Monday morning when the bomb squad robot cut the wrong wire on one of five devices – causing it to explode.
Authorities said the loss of life ‘could have been enormous’ with the device discovered at a spot where, just hours later, thousands of passengers would ordinarily be gathering for their morning commute.
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 remaining IEDs.
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 when two men discovered up to five suspect packages in the trash and alerted the police.
‘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’.
‘I can imagine that if all five of them went off at the same time, that the loss of life could have been enormous if there was an event going on,’ he added.
Commuter trains are this morning resuming service. New Jersey Transit says Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains began rolling at 5.30am. However passengers have been warned to expect delays.
The FBI was working to disarm the other four devices.
FBI Newark told followers on Twitter this morning: ‘There was a suspicious package with multiple improvised explosive devices this evening at the Elizabeth Train Station in NJ.
‘Bomb techs from the FBI, Union County, and the New Jersey State Police have arrived on the scene and are now rendering the area safe.
‘In the course of rendering one of the devices safe, it detonated. There are no injuries and law enforcement personnel are at the scene processing evidence. We will continue to provide additional information once the area has been cleared.’
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.
According to The Associated Press, the five were taken to an FBI building in lower Manhattan to be questioned. The FBI have admitted they are looking for additional suspects.
Authorities identified a person of interest in the Chelsea attack using surveillance footage, but it is not clear if he was among the five brought in for questioning.
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.
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
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