Monday, September 19 2016 15:45 EEST
Explosions in New York: U.S. officials say a suspicious device found in a trash can near a New Jersey train station
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Five questioned in connection with N.Y. bombing as more suspicious devices found

U.S. officials say a suspicious device found in a trash can near a New Jersey train station exploded early on September 19 as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, RFE/RL reports.

Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said bomb experts were working to disarm one of up to five suspicious devices found in a bag in a wastebasket near a train station.

There was no immediate report of injuries.

The discovery of the package came after an explosion in Manhattan injured 29 people on September 17 and an unexploded pressure-cooker device was found just blocks away.

U.S. media reports say five people were taken into custody for questioning late on September 18 in connection with the Manhattan bombing.

Reports said the five were detained together in a car that was stopped on a highway in New York's Brooklyn borough and were taken to an FBI building in Manhattan for questioning.

The FBI said early on September 19 that none of the five had been charged in connection with the explosion on a street in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.

Federal investigators said tests revealed that the bomb contained residue of Tannerite, an explosive often used for target practice that can be obtained from sporting goods stores.

In New Jersey, meanwhile, a pipe bomb exploded and forced the cancellation of a military charity race.

Officials said there was no initial evidence linking either attack to any international terrorist group.

As reported earlier by, Man stabbed at least eight people at a shopping mall in the U.S. state of Minnesota.

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