No reports of South Africans affected in New York blast - govt

2016-09-18 12:29
Police arrive on the scene of an explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood, in New York. (AP)

Police arrive on the scene of an explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood, in New York. (AP)

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Cape Town - No South Africans have been reported injured in a bomb blast in New York City that injured 29 people, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said on Sunday.

An explosion in the crowded Chelsea neighbourhood in Manhattan on Saturday night left 29 people injured, and authorities called the blast an "intentional act," but said there was no terrorist connection.

Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela told News24 on Sunday that no South Africans were yet reported as being among the injured.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to calm New Yorkers on Saturday by saying the blast had no links to terrorism, but was "an intentional act".

"We have no credible and specific threat at this moment," he said.

De Blasio said the explosion had no terrorist connection and wasn't related to a pipe bomb explosion earlier on Saturday in New Jersey at a charity run.

A second site was also being investigated, he added.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that the explosion appears to have come from a construction toolbox in front of a building. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorised to speak to the media.

New York officials said the incident was not due to a gas leak.

CNN and The Guardian meanwhile reported that the source was possibly a pressure cooker bomb.

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