FBI takes several into custody with possible connection to Chelsea bombing

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NEW YORK  — Several people are in custody after the FBI made a car stop on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano Bridge in New York City Sunday evening,CBS New York reported.

The FBI called the NYPD for backup following the stop.

NYPD sources told CBS New York the FBI took five people into custody and they are currently being questioned.

The FBI said in a statement that a traffic stop was conducted on a “vehicle of interest” in the investigation of the bombing in Chelsea.

“No one has been charged with any crime. The investigation is continuing,” the FBI said.

According to state Sen. Martin Golden, the incident is possibly connected to the Chelsea bombing, however, that has yet to be confirmed.

“Update from the NYPD: About an hour ago, the FBI took several individuals into custody on the Belt Parkway in the area underneath the Verrazano Bridge, with a possible connection to the bombing last night in Chelsea,” Golden posted on Instagram.

It’s unknown why the FBI stopped the car or whether it is in regards to the Chelsea bombing.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that residents of the city would see an expanded presence of police as officials investigate a bombing in Chelsea that injured 29, while guarding the United Nations General Assembly, which draws leaders from around the world to New York each year.

“You will see a very substantial NYPD presence this week, bigger than ever,” de Blasio said during a press conference just after noon Sunday.

De Blasio said all 29 victims of the explosion, which rocked a crowded and popular Manhattan neighborhood, have been released from area hospitals. Another possibly-explosive device discovered blocks away was safely removed early Sunday.

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