A note found on the pressure cooker bomb left on 27th Street in Manhattan Saturday referenced Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born al-Qaeda-linked cleric killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011, and the Boston Marathon bombings, senior law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation say.
The blast in New York City occurred around 8:30 p.m. at 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Investigators believe the blast was caused by an explosive device in or near a dumpster, a law enforcement source told CNN.
Four blocks away on 27th Street, a pressure-cooker device was found with a piece of paper with writing on it close by, officials said.
Late Sunday night, five explosive devices were discovered in a trash can at an Elizabeth train station in New Jersey.
Late Monday, Ahmad Khan Rahami was charged in New Jersey with five counts of attempted murder of police officers in connection with the shootout and was held on $5.2 million bail.
His wife allegedly left the United States a few days before the attacks, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.
Authorities are working with officials in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates to get access to her and to ask questions about what she knew, the official said.