Amerikanske tjenestemenn nøler nå ikke med å kalle bilbomben på Times Square for et terrorforsøk. Bilen var ikke parkert langt fra Viacoms lokaler, selskapet som lager South Park.

The location is also adjacent to the Viacom building, fuelling speculation that it might be linked to the company’s controversial South Park cartoon which recently depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.

It was abandoned with its engine running and hazard lights flashing. A T-shirt vendor, who was a Vietnam veteran, alerted police when he noticed smoke coming out of it.
A mounted police officer examined the vehicle and saw white smoke billowing inside. He also smelled gunpowder.

Police hurriedly evacuated thousands of tourists and theatre-goers, including women in evening gowns, from the area on Broadway’s busiest night of the week.
Heavily armed police and FBI agents were deployed on the empty streets as bomb disposal experts used a robot to break the windows on the vehicle and remove explosive material.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said: «I think the intent was to cause a significant ball of fire.»
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg returned immediately to the city from a White House dinner.
Speaking at the scene, he said: «We are very lucky. Thanks to alert New Yorkers and professional police officers, we avoided what could have been a very deadly event.
«The bomb squad confirmed that the suspicious vehicle did contain an explosive device. We have no idea who did this or why.»
He added: «Terrorists who want to take our freedoms away from us focus on the symbol of those freedoms, and that’s New York City.»

Hendelsen minner new yorkere om at terroristene ikke har gitt opp å ramme byen. Det er ikke lenge siden det var en rettssak mot en afghaner som ville sprenge bomber på undergrunnen.

An Afghan immigrant and self-confessed Al-Qaeda agent Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty in February to a plot to set off bombs in New York’s subway system.
The 25-year-old could be sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support to the Al-Qaeda Islamist network.
Last year, four New Yorkers went on trial in an alleged plot to bomb a synagogue in the city and shoot down military planes.

Times Square car bomb was act of terrorism
American officials declared that the failed car bomb that forced the evacuation of New York’s Times Square was an «act of terrorism.»

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