A terrorist attack was foiled this morning near the Elizabeth train station in New Jersey. This latest discovery of explosives has led authorities to believe a terror cell may be operating in both New York and New Jersey.
Authorities discovered multiple explosive devices in a backpack including one that had already been detonated.
They found the devices after two men saw the backpack in a garbage can on North Broad Street and Julian Place around 8 p.m. Sunday night. The two men took the backpack out of the waste bin “because they thought it was of some value.” Luckily, they noticed the wiring and the pipe and quickly notified police.
If they had not notified police the bombs could have been extremely deadly as the waste bin was located just a few hundred feet from Willy’s Place, a popular pub, near the train station.
“If that pub was crowded and there was a lot of people there, it could have severely injured, killed and maimed many, many people,” Mayor Christian Bollwage told reporters.
The Union County Bomb Squad was deployed to examine the backpack. While a bomb robot attempted to disarm one of the explosive devices it unintentionally set off one of the bombs around 12:40 a.m. near Morris Avenue and Julian Place. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Mayor Christian Bollwage addressed the press after the explosion:
Authorities are still conducting an ongoing investigation, but they have released photos of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami who New York police want in connection with the bombings on Saturday night in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. That attack injured 29 people.
Rahami is a naturalized citizen of Afghan descent who most recently lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This is the same city where the bombs were found stashed this morning.
Rahami is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and brown facial air.
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If you have any information on Rahami contact the FBI!
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