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19 September 2016 - Three attacks in the US in one day

Publié par Marion Coste le 19/09/2016
Powerful Blast Injures at Least 29 in Manhattan; Second Device Found
Christopher Mele, Al Baker, Michael Barbaro (The New York Times, 17/09/2016)

A powerful explosion caused by what the authorities believe was a homemade bomb injured at least 29 people on a crowded sidewalk in the bustling Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night.
A few hours later, the authorities found and removed what they described as a second explosive device four blocks away, raising the possibility that two bombs had been planted in the heart of the city.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the explosion — which occurred about 8:30 p.m. on West 23rd Street — “an intentional act” but initially said there was no connection to terrorism and no immediate claim of responsibility.

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Three attacks

After three US attacks in 1 day, a hunt for answers
Jason Hanna (CNN, 19/09/2016)
Three attacks in 12 hours -- explosions on New York and New Jersey streets and a stabbing spree in a Minnesota mall -- combined for tumultuous weekend, afflicting injury and moments of alarm and leaving investigators scrambling for answers.
As Monday's sunrise approached, New York City ramped up security not only because of the bombing that injured 29 people in Manhattan and the discovery of a mysterious device blocks away, but also because world leaders are gathering at the United Nations for debate at the General Assembly.
Questions abounded about Saturday's incidents, including: What, exactly, were the motives?

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People in custody

Mysterious incidents across U.S. raise fears of terrorism; people taken into custody in New York
Matt Zapotosky, Philip Bump, Amy B Wang and Mark Berman (The Washington Post, 19/09/2016)
Early Monday, authorities were working to disarm five devices found in a backpack at a train station in Elizabeth, N.J., just hours after FBI took “a number of people” into custody in connection with a weekend bombing in New York City that injured 29.
Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwag said that one of the devices found late Sunday exploded as it was being disarmed, shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday. The New Jersey Transit rail system was halted rail service near Newark Airport due to the police activity.
“This could take more hours than we thought initially” to disarm the other devices, Bollwage said. “I’m not sure if the morning commute will be easy.”
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Amateurish bombings

Suspected terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota stir political debate
Barbara Demick, Vera Haller and Brian Bennett (The Los Angeles Times, 18/09/2016)
A series of seemingly random, mostly amateurish attacks in New York and Minnesota caused mostly minor injuries over the weekend, but may have added new strains to the country’s political fabric.
The most serious incident took place in a shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minn., where a man stabbed nine people, one critically, before being shot to death by an off-duty police officer. The Islamic State group took responsibility for the Saturday night attack through one of its news agencies, and the man was described as asking potential victims whether they were Muslim.
The motivation was more baffling in a series of crude bomb attacks in and around New York City. An improvised bomb exploded Saturday night in a garbage dumpster on West 23rd Street in Manhattan, shattering windows and spewing glass on passers-by. Twenty-nine people were slightly injured.
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"19 September 2016 - Three attacks in the US in one day", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2016. Consulté le 16/06/2019. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/19-september-2016-three-attacks-in-the-us-in-one-day