After a bomb went off in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan Saturday evening, and a second device was later found undetonated, investigators have been working to uncover the identity and motive of the suspect or suspects who planted the devices.
Three chilling clues have emerged that not only point to a motive, but to the possibility that more attacks are forthcoming.
According to “law-enforcement sources” in contact with The New York Post, an unidentified man called 911 shortly after the explosion. He claimed to be standing down the street from where the incident occurred, and told the emergency operator:
“I’m looking at the explosion down the block. There will be more.”
Allegedly, two men dining at a 32nd street restaurant reported seeing a man who looked “Arab” about half an hour before the bomb went off. He was “carrying a suitcase and appeared out of place.”
The Post also reports that, according to their sources, “a hand-written letter, a portion of which is in Arabic, was found inside a plastic bag that held the second device.”
An image that’s been circulating online confirms that there were multiple pieces of paper next to the second device, and one of them appears to have text on it. However, it isn’t clear what that text says:
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A person was caught on surveillance video near the time of the explosion, according to CNN, but as of now, no suspects have been confirmed.
If what the Post reports is accurate, the note found with the second device suggests that whomever planted the explosives may have ties to radical Islam. Whether the individual is acting as a lone-wolf, or as part of a larger operation, would remain to be seen. The reports of a Middle Eastern-looking man who appeared “out of place” may corroborate that notion.
At this point, with information pouring in, nothing is concrete.