The New York Times reports that an improvised explosive device detonated early this morning, damaging an armed forces recruiting station. No one was hurt in the blast.
The New York City police issued a statement at 7:33 a.m. describing the source of the explosion as an “improvised explosive device” and putting the time of the blast at 3:43 a.m .... The authorities are looking into a possible connection to two earlier bombings at foreign consulates in Manhattan, in 2005 and 2007.
The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the crime and whether it's linked to terrorism.
The bombing does follow the same modus operandi of two previous bombings in New York City in 2005 and 2007. In the 2005 blasts, two homemade bombs were tossed at the British consulate at 3:55 a.m. Two years later, two more homemade bombs were thrown at the Mexican consulate, this time at 3:40 a.m.
In both incidents ABC.com reports that surveillance video caught the suspected assailant, a man leaving the scene on a bicycle. In today's attack, video caught a man wearing a hooded gray sweatshirt riding a bicycle away from the scene of the explosion.
The Times said the police have acknowledged the similarities across all three incidents.