Cuomo promises massive security after bombing

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged a massive showing of security Monday as world leaders gather in Manhattan, two days after a bombing in the borough injured 29 people.

The investigation into the Chelsea bombing Saturday night continues as President Obama and the U.N. General Assembly converge on Manhattan for a summit on refugees.

The summit, combined with heightened security following the bombing, will lead to "probably the largest security presence ever amassed," Cuomo said early Monday on NY1.

The governor directed 1,000 additional state troopers and National Guard members to the New York City area Sunday.

"You will see them," Cuomo said. "National Guard are in uniform; state troopers also have their distinctive uniform. You'll see more federal officials, more FBI and you will see more NYPD. Now, this is a normal protocol for the U.N. General Assembly. Obviously, it's heightened over the past episodes."

In a round of television interviews early Monday, Cuomo said he suspects a "foreign link" to the Saturday night bombing in the Chelsea neighborhood, though he cautioned the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The FBI is seeking Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, for questioning in connection with the explosion, which happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday on West 23rd Street.  He was taken into custody late Monday morning by police in Linden, New Jersey

Rahami is a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan. His last known address, according to the FBI, was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where a suspicious package near a train station exploded while a bomb squad was trying to disarm it.
"What we didn't know yesterday, and we don't know yet, is: Is anyone taking credit for it and is it linked to international terrorism?" Cuomo said on "CBS This Morning".
"We haven't heard from ISIS, etc. We didn't have a suspect from foreign origin. I suspect we may get an answer on that today and there may very well be a foreign link."


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