GOV: NYC Explosion ‘Obviously An Act of Terrorism,’ Despite Mayor’s Early Claim It Wasn’t Terrorism
By CNN // September 18, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: When asked if the NYC blast was terrorism, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism, but it’s not linked to international terrorism.”
(CNN) – New York’s governor didn’t mince words Sunday when he talked about the explosion.
“A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism,” Cuomo said, vowing that authorities would catch whoever is responsible.
“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.
But law enforcement officials and the city’s mayor cautioned that without a known motive, it’s too soon to call the bombing a terror attack.
CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes said the information authorities have revealed so far about the blast leads him to a troubling conclusion.
“It tells me that it was a rather large explosive device that someone built and someone detonated and caused the injury of dozens of people. … It shows me it’s a deliberate act and indicates an act of terrorism,” he said. “Whether it’s domestic terrorism or international, we don’t know, but it certainly would have an appearance that somebody made an attempt to kill people, on purpose.”