Belt backed up as FBI reportedly arrests bombing suspects under Verrazano

The FBI has reportedly taken several individuals driving on the Belt Parkway into custody in connection with the Saturday, September 17 explosion on West 23rd Street in Chelsea.

According to a Facebook post shared by State Senator Marty Golden, the suspects were apprehended underneath the Verrazano Bridge, with a possible connection to last night’s bombing.

“I am waiting for an update and further information,” wrote Golden, who represents Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and a swathe of other South Brooklyn nabes.

The politician cited his post as an “update from the NYPD,” though no official connection has been confirmed.

According to a local source, the Belt has been backed up as a result of the car stop, which took place late this evening as the suspects were said to be headed east.

The bombing — which occurred Saturday evening at about 8:30 p.m. in front of 131 West 23rd Street in Manhattan — injured 29 people. Officials said they believed the explosion had been caused by a homemade bomb that had been placed under a dumpster.

A second device — a pressure cooker with dark-colored wiring and silver duct tape added — was uncovered just a few blocks away on West 27th Street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue almost three hours after the explosion. It was reported and picked up by the bomb squad.

Asked for info, a police source told this paper that he had “no info at this time.”

Reports claim five people were taken into custody.

Update [Monday, September 19 @ 1:45 p.m.]: According to the FBI, none of the five individuals stopped by the Joint Terrorism Task Force on the Belt Parkway were placed under arrest. The car was considered to be connected to 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami who, as of this morning, has been apprehended in connection to both the New York City and New Jersey attacks over the weekend.

Helen Klein contributed reporting to this article.

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