05:55 GMT23 October 2020
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    An explosion erupted overnight in the busy Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, injuring 29 people. According to the governor, all those injured have since been released from hospitals. However, social media has been buzzing with posts of support and anger as the investigation continues.

    Under the #PrayforNYC hashtag, social media sites were filled with messages of support for those in New York.

    ​New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that no connection to terrorism had been found regarding the last evening’s blast in Manhattan.

    "I have been briefed by all the relevant agencies. At this time there is no evidence of an international terrorism connection with this incident. But it very, very early in the investigation," Cuomo told reporters.

    However, many expressed anger that the attacks have not yet been labelled acts of terror.

    ​People also highlighted the similarities between the “secondary device” found four blocks away, comprising of a pressure cooker with wires attached to it and that of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

    ​As elections are looming some could not resist but to turn this incident to score political points.

    ​The explosion took place at the intersection of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday (00:30 GMT Sunday). Investigators reportedly said that the bomb had been planted inside or near a dumpster in a crowded area where multiple bars and restaurants are located.

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