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FBI detains five people in Chelsea bombing connection

Investigators examine the scene of yesterday's explosion on 23rd St. and 6th Avenue on Sunday.

Investigators examine the scene of yesterday’s explosion on 23rd St. and 6th Avenue on Sunday.

(James Keivom/New York Daily News)


Updated: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 11:55 PM

Federal agents busted five people in Brooklyn in a possible connection to the Chelsea bombing late Sunday, law enforcement sources said.

The suspects were in a “vehicle of interest” heading east at around 9:30 p.m. on the Belt Parkway from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge., FBI officials confirmed.

A weapons stash was found inside the SUV, sources revealed.

Meanwhile, authorities discovered three pipe bombs and two smaller devices at a train station in Elizabeth, the law enforcement source said.

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Authorities arrests five people on the Belt Parkway, east of the Verrazano Bridge, in Brooklyn on Sunday.

(Anthony Spennato)

The bomb robot probe shuttered train service along the Northeast Corridor between Newark Airport and Penn Station due to the police investigation, according to NYC emergency management officials.

An Instagram account for New York State Sen. Marty Golden, citing the NYPD, said the Belt Parkway arrests had “a possible connection to the bombing” in Chelsea.

A phone call to Golden was not immediately returned.

The arrests come about 24 hours after a large blast ripped through W. 23rd St. near 6th Ave., injuring scores of people with shrapnel late Saturday. A pressure cooker bomb that never detonated was discovered blocks away.

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Investigators identified a person of interest in the Manhattan attack through surveillance footage, but it’s unclear if he was among the five arrested.

The FBI said no one has been charged and the investigation is ongoing. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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