NY governor: ‘May be foreign link’ to bomb plots

NY governor: ‘May be foreign link’ to bomb plots

A pair of bombs planted in Manhattan this weekend may be connected to an international terror network, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said on Monday morning, potentially escalating concerns about the plots.

“There may very well be a foreign link,” Cuomo said on CBS “This Morning.”

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Later on Monday, federal officers will begin to “target an individual,” Cuomo added, suggesting that scrutiny had focused around at least one suspect.

Cuomo’s comments came as news continued to emerge about what might be a series of connected plans in New York and New Jersey.

A bomb exploded in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea on Saturday evening, wounding 29 people. An unexploded, seemingly homemade bomb was found nearby hours later.

And in separate incidents over the weekend, a garbage can exploded near a charity race in Seaside Park, N.J., and a backpack containing multiple bombs was discovered near an Elizabeth, N.J., train station.

It’s unclear whether the bombs are part of a larger, coordinated plot, though Cuomo appeared to suggest as much on Monday.

“You have similarities in the way the bombs were put together,” he said.

News of the Saturday evening blast quickly caused speculation as to whether it was the work of an extremist group such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or an adherent in the U.S. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) initially claimed that the incident did not appear connected to a terrorist organization.

Notably, ISIS has not yet taken credit for the bombs, even while it publicly linked itself to a series of weekend stabbings in a Minnesota shopping mall.

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