New York Leaders Can’t Agree The Manhattan Bombing Was A Terrorist Attack

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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has yet to acknowledge that a bombing in downtown Manhattan was the result of terrorism, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s acknowledgement Sunday.

While Cuomo acknowledged the Saturday night attack was an act of terror, he has maintained that there is no evidence of a link to international terrorism thus far. De Blasio, however, has yet to acknowledge a terrorism link, saying only the bombing was an “an intentional act.”

The Saturday night attack left 29 people injured in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. The perpetrator appears to have used homemade pressure cooker-style bombs, which were similar to those used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. One bomb successfully detonated, while another was found un-exploded about four blocks away from the attack.

While New York leaders continue to fumble over how to characterize the attack, experts have claimed that the bombing was an act of terrorism.

“It is absolutely an act of terrorism. I couldn’t disagree with him more,” former NYC Police Commissioner Howard Safir told USA Today Sunday. “I think they do a disservice to the public when they try to sugar coat something that is a horrific act.”

Safir noted the U.S. public should expect more attacks as terror groups like the Islamic State continue to suffer losses on the battlefield.

Former Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Jerome Hauer told USA Today that DiBlasio may be trying to calm the public by refusing to refer to the bombing as a terrorist attack, though he acknowledged “it’s certainly an act of terrorism.”

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