Near Bombing In Times Square

Posted on May 3, 2010 in National Issues

On the day in which the last remaining Mumbai terrorist was found guilty in India, the New York City Police Department continues to search through hundreds of hours of CCTV tape to find a glimpse of a man responsible for the near detonation of a bomb in Times Square. They have focused their efforts on one man described as “white and in his 40s,” whom was shown changing shirts near the vehicle and looking back at the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder as he walked away. Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, has his doubts: “This person happened to be in a position in which a camera got a good shot of him, and maybe he had something to do with it but there’s a very good chance that he did not. We’re exploring a lot of leads.”

The “home made” bomb was made mostly of household items such as 3 propane tanks usually used in grills, 2 five-gallon gas tanks, cheap alarm clocks with wires attached and fireworks. Additionally, there was 100 pounds of fertilizer that did not meet ammonium nitrate grade and therefore was not explosive but further showed the intent of the bomber.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly stated that the bomb, had it been effective, “looks like it would have created a significant fireball.” Furthermore, the resulting shrapnel and explosion most likely would have cost the lives of many tourists on one of the most sought after streets in America. The only effect of the bomb luckily was to shut down some of America’s busiest streets for ten hours.

A Pakistani-based Taliban group has claimed credit for the bombing. This has been largely discredited though due to their propensity to falsely claim credit for past attacks on US soil.

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