As our own Brandon Wenerd reported late last night, at 8:30PM on Saturday night, New York City was rattled by an explosion that is being called “an intentional act” on 23rd and 6th Avenue in Chelsea. 29 were injured from the blast and treated in nearby city hospitals. The explosion, which investigators believe were from a home-made, pressure-cooker bomb similar tore through a metal toolbox and caused chaos in the surrounding streets–with glass shattering in buildings
In the early hours of Sunday morning, another explosive device was found a few blocks north on 27th street. No serious injuries were reported.
Authorities are now investigating an online manifesto in the form on a WordPress blog, where an individual bluntly claims, “I’m the NY Bomber.”
The person claims that the bombs were detonated in response to ‘LGBTQ+ oppression’ and there will be more to follow.
The post was taken down at 2 pm Sunday, but a screenshot of the first page was obtained by various news sites.
The first post of the manifesto is as follows, per Daily Mail:
Hi. You probably have all seen the news by now, the explosives detonated in New York City, that was me. Those were just some tests, I know where I have made errors and I will not make the same mistake next time.
I did it because I cannot stand society. I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are looked down upon by society.
It is 2016 and we are still being viewed as mentally ill, sinners, attention seekers, and just plain weirdos in general. I am not going to stand by while under classed and underprivileged people are oppressed.
I am not going to stand by while there is inequality in my country such as the racism being seen in white police officers all over the country.
I am not going to live in a country where it is OK to have a misogynist, xenophobic, racist Islamophobic, republican candidate running for President of The United States!
That’s implying that republicans in general should even be taken seriously as they are all cisgendered privileged white people.
This is not the end, this is just the beginning. I will be remembered. I will make a difference. I will eliminate my targets before it is too late.
The authenticity of the blog has not been confirmed, and there is no indication who is behind it.
[h/t Daily Mail]