Manhattan, NY – The FBI is investigating an ominous 911 call that was made at about 4 a.m. This morning. The NY Times reports that the person said “There would be a massive explosion soon and the car in Times Square was only a diversion.” Homeland Security investigators are looking into this threat and the SUV car bomb left in Times Square.
This threatening phone call reawakens all of the memories of 9/11. Let’s hope the Feds find out who made this call quickly and determines if they have any links to known terrorist groups, such as al Qaeda.
The early morning phone call was made from a pay phone located at West 53rd Street and 7th Avenue. Investigators have dusted the phone booth for fingerprints and searched the area for any other evidence.
This call to 911 was made less than ten blocks uptown from where the SUV was left with a bomb device the evening before. Officials still do not know who was responsible for the SUV bomb, which started to detonate but was ineffective.
The NY Times has pointed out similarities between the bomb in the SUV and the failed car bomb terrorism attacks abroad in the summer months of 2007. Iraq was believed to be involved in those incidents per federal authorities. They occurred in the London theater district and near bars; another similar incident occurred around that same time at the Glasgow airport.
Investigators are going to be reviewing security tapes from a lot of businesses in Times Square. Because this location is deemed very high risk for a terrorism attack, there are many cameras stationed in the area.
Thus NYC has had three terrorism alarms this weekend. First, a young man was found in a subway tunnel with cyanide tablets, next, an SUV with a bomb device was left in Times Square, and now a threatening phone call was received by 911.
It is important for everyone in NYC, residents and tourists too, to report anything suspicious they see or hear to the police. Also, if you notice something suspicious, take a picture of it with your cell phone, if you carry one.