Former FBI agent says Manhattan bomb could be the work of an ISIS terrorist

The explosion that injured at least 29 people in Manhattan has brought to mind eerie reminders of the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks of 2013.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the blast that ripped the affluent Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday night was ‘an intentional act’ — but has denied any links to terrorism.

Yet explosives experts have pointed out similarities with the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013 — specifically the type of device used, pressure cookers.

‘It reminds me of the Boston bombing — similar thing happened,’ former FBI agent Manny Gomez told CBS 2.

‘It definitely seems like an improvised device that ISIS is putting out in their websites and how to make a bomb in your kitchen type of situation — some wires, putting nails in it, screws in it…gasoline and you have a bomb. 


Police have not said what exactly was used to cause the blast at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue, which is believed to have been set up inside a Dumpster.

But a second device removed by NYPD officers was as a pressure cooker — different color wires sticking out of it, a cell phone attached at the end.

That device is just like what terror brothers Dzhokhar and Tamelarn Tsarnaev used in Boston in 2013.

The brothers placed two pressure cookers outfitted as homemade bombs to explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Three people died and nearly 300 were injured.

Police are also investigating if there are any links to ISIS.


Gomez said what determines if this was a terrorist act or not is ‘intent.’

‘They want to find out exactly, number one, who did this so they could stop him — and B, why did they do it,’ the former FBI agent told CBS2.

‘If it was terrorism as the classic term that we call it now, was it inspired by ISIS? Was it something having to do with some sort of Islamic militant group? Was it domestic violence? Was it a potential crime? We don’t know.’

ISIS propaganda has disseminated literature on how to create pressure cooker bombs — and how radicalized sympathizers can launch lone-wolf strikes.


One magazine in particular shows how someone without any experience in bomb-making can create a deadly device using household items like a pressure cooker, wires, cell phone, nails, screws and gasoline.


The pressure cooker found after the Chelsea blasts have been removed by a SWAT team and taken to Rodman’s Neck, where it will undergo a controlled explosion.