Investigators have found no sign that a failed car bomb found in New York was linked to Al-Qaeda or any other big militant group, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday.
“There is no evidence that this is tied in with Al-Qaeda or any other big terrorist organization,” Bloomberg said.
The mayor’s comment came after city police chief Raymond Kelly dismissed a claim of responsibility made over the Internet by the Pakistani group Tehreek-e-Taliban.
Police were scrutinizing footage from dozens of security cameras and analyzing the Nissan vehicle and its failed bomb found in Times Square late Saturday.
“I’m confident we’ll find out who did it,” Bloomberg said alongside the police officer who was first on the scene and whom the billionaire mayor was treating to dinner in Times Square as a reward.
“This is the crossroads of the world. People feel safe in New York and they will continue to come here.”