June 18, 2013. The FBI has released new video and pix of the cyclist-bomber of 2008. The cyclist set the bomb in the early morning of March 6, 2008, at 3:40 A.M., but Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the bomber could easily have killed or maimed people in the area.
“While published reports have repeatedly cited the early-morning time of the attack and the lack of casualties, the fact is the bomber narrowly missed killing or injuring passersby who can be seen clearly in the vicinity, moments before the blast,” Kelly said. “The distance between polemics by bombing and the murdering of innocents is short, indeed.”
In the FBI video from early morning. March 6, 2008, the intensity of the explosion can be seen at 3:15 –
The newly-released photo below shows part of the explosive device used in the 2008 bombing . The FBI says this is a piece of the ammunition used in the device; typical for the warfare used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Authorities say it was filled halfway with black powder, detonated using a time-fuse, and could have caused serious casualties if people had been nearby.
The Times Square Recruitment Center bombing was two years before the failed 45th St Times Square bomber of 2010 (see post and video here). Again, in 2010, we were lucky: no casualties.
The pictures below that I am re-posting are of what I saw at the recruitment center in 2008 at 11 AM. that morning…
I arrived just as the press was being allowed to get close-up shots of the damage.
2008 Slideshow ( different angles of the damage)Vodpod videos no longer available.
As for the suspect, he was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and pants of an unknown color. The height, weight, age, sex, and race of the suspect are unknown. At one time there was an inference the 2008 bombing had been French anarchists. Five years later…perhaps that is now off-the-table….since I see no mention of that in these latest reports.