The New Year’s Eve bombing in the United States is being investigated as terrorism, according to a report

A Ford Expedition SUV carrying 12 gas canasters collided with another vehicle, producing an explosion and fire that killed two people and injured five others, two of whom were critically injured.

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The New Year's Eve bombing in the United States is being investigated as terrorism, according to a report

A Ford Expedition SUV carrying 12 gas canasters collided with another vehicle, producing an explosion and fire that killed two people and injured five others, two of whom were critically injured.

An explosion that killed two individuals on New Year’s Eve in Rochester, New York is being investigated as a terror act, ABC News reported late Monday, citing a law enforcement source.

A leased Ford Expedition carrying at least 12 gas canisters collided with a Mitsubishi Outlander, which subsequently collided with other cars nearby, resulting in the explosion. Two of the Mitsubishi’s occupants were killed, while a third was injured. Three people passing by were also injured, with one suffering life-threatening injuries. The SUV’s driver was alleged to have been seriously injured in the blast.

The New Year's Eve bombing in the United States is being investigated as terrorism, according to a report

The event occurred near the Kodak Center in Rochester, where a 1,000-person concert was wrapping up. At 12:50 a.m. local time, the explosion happened as concertgoers were exiting the stadium.

“The force of the collision caused the two vehicles to go through a group of pedestrians that were in the crosswalk, and then into two other vehicles,” Rochester police chief, David Smith said in a press conference. “There was a large fire associated with the crash that took the Rochester Fire Department almost one hour to extinguish.”
The investigation is being led by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the source told ABC adding that authorities do not yet know if this was a case of terrorism, but they are investigating it that way until they can determine what happened and why.
 
The driver of the rented SUV was said to be a resident of Syracuse, New York, some 80 miles away, and according to the preliminary investigation, had driven his own car to the local airport where he rented the SUV.
 
Law enforcement were investigating the suspect’s online history and interviewing family and friends to determine a possible motive.
“I know that the community will have lots of questions as it relates to this. I ask them to continue to stay tuned,” Rochester Mayor Malik Evans said during Monday’s briefing. “More information will come out as we are able to.”
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