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PM: We Are All Safe In New York

PM: We Are All Safe In New York
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (seated, middle), wife, Mary (seated, right), Ambassador to the United States Solo Mara (seated, left), with Fijian representatives to the United Nations, Foreign Affairs staff members and their families and Permanent Secretaries yesterday in New York. Photo: DEPTFO News
September 20
11:15 2016


Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says all Fijians are safe after explosions rocked parts of New York city, United States, on Sunday.

Mr Bainimarama is in New York to deliver Fiji’s country statement at the United Nations General Assembly.

He will also attend numerous other engagements, including holding bilateral and multilateral meetings.

He said from New York via email that the explosions were “some distance from us.”

“All the Fijians are safe here,” he said. Mr Bainimarama said he was briefed by the staff of the Fijian mission about the situation.

Mr Bainimarama and wife Mary attended a “lotu” or a church service with Fijian families followed by a dinner together.

“Some members of a British army rugby team joined us for a grog session and were still drinking grog when I left at about 10 pm.”

The bombs detonated on Sunday were both shrapnel pressure cooker devices according to BBC. The blasts in the Chelsea area of Manhattan injured 29 people. Officials said it was a terror attack.

In the latest report, CNN said Federal and local authorities were investigating another suspicious item after a backpack was found containing up to five devices in nearby New Jersey.

Two men found the backpack in the garbage can and alerted Police when they saw wires and a pipe.

Massive security was already in place as world leaders gather for the United Nations General Assembly. This has now been intensified.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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