New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday night that although the Manhattan bombing was “an intentional act,” there was no evidence of a “terrorist connection.”
Sunday morning, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it “an act of terrorism,” but also said it “depends on your definition of terrorism.”
Cuomo announced that all 29 injured have been released from the hospital, saying “we were really lucky that there were no fatalities this time.”
The governor made a distinction between an act of terror and international terrorism:
“A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism but it’s not linked to international terrorism. In other words we’ve found no ISIS connection.
Whoever placed these bombs we will find and they will be brought to justice, period. And they will be punished.
We will not allow these types of people and these types of threats disrupt life in New York. This is freedom, this is democracy and we’re not going to allow them to take that from us.”
He said that whoever planted the bombs won't achieve their goal:
“What do they want? They want to instill terror. They want to make you afraid. They want to make you worry about going into New York City or New York state.
We’re not going to let them instill fear, because that would let them win.”
Cuomo wouldn't speculate about who was responsible, saying he would wait for the facts.