A small improvised explosive device exploded in Times Square this morning, blowing a hole through the door of the Army recruiting station there, but causing no injuries, thank goodness. Excerpt:
Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the large Police
Department and F.B.I. unit that investigates terrorism, were at the
scene of the blast, supporting the Police DepartmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bomb Squad,
which along with other police detectives likely will take the lead role
in investigating the incident, an F.B.I. official said. The official
said that in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attack, a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt was seen
leaving the scene on a bicycle.
The authorities were looking into whether the explosion was
connected to two earlier blasts that were similar in method and timing,
the official said. At about 3:40 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2007, two dummy hand
grenades that had been fashioned into crude bombs exploded
outside the Mexican Consulate at 27 East 39th Street in Murray Hill,
shattering windows. The building was not occupied and no one was hurt.
At 3:55 a.m. on May 5, 2005, two crude but powerful explosive devices detonated outside the British Consulate at 845 Third Avenue in East Midtown, shattering windows and damaging a planter.
Confederate Yankee has pictures, and says, "This was an act of domestic terrorism." He adds:
I do not, however, feel comfortable blaming any specific anti-war
group for this act, or even pinning this as an anti-war act at this
point in time.
Anti-war groups, in general, are non-violent in nature, and those
that lean towards the anarchist fringe that are violence prone tend
towards vandalism, and generally, don’t have the technical expertise to
manufacture even such a simple device.
Whoever built this bomb may have sympathies towards the anti-war
movement and/or anti-military feelings, but I would be surprised to
find them affiliated officially with any specific anti-war or
anti-military group, and would be even more surprised if anyone inside
one of these groups had advance knowledge of the attack.
(Hat tip: InstaPundit.)