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Five in FBI custody after five bombs found near NJ Transit in Elizabeth

The line between Elizabeth, New Jersey and Penn Station in New York City was stopped while the FBI bomb squad removed the five devices, one of which exploded.

Multiple bombs were found near an Elizabeth, New Jersey train station Sunday evening and the FBI has taken five individuals in custody in connection with the Chelsea bombing on Saturday night.

A backpack containing up to five devices was discovered by two men thinking it had valuables. They found the backpack at around 9:30 p.m. on Sundayin a trashcanoutside of a local pub about 500 feet from the train trestle, CNN reported.

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwagesaid the two men alerted police when they saw wires and a pipe in the bag, CNN reported.There were no cellphone or electronic timing devices found.

"The robots that went in to disarm it, cut a wire and it exploded," Bollwage said, CNN reported.

The remaining devices will be taken into protective cases to a local site, then tothe FBI laboratory at Quantico, Virginia.

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NBC Newsconfirmed that "heavily armed FBI agents" seen at a fried chicken restaurantin Elizabeth were involved in the tri-state bombs investigation.

Some law enforcement officials told NBC News they are concerned about a possibleactive terrorism cell with several members in the New York-New Jersey area.

A "vehicle of interest" in the bombing in Chelsea on Saturday evening was stopped at about 8:45 a.m. near theVerrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York,New York Daily News reported.

Five people are being questioned by the FBI, but so far, noone has been charged and the investigation is ongoing.

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Train service between New Jersey and Penn Station in New York City was halted, but resumed service at around 5:30 a.m. a NJ Transit spokeswoman said. All tickets and passes will be honored, including passes and ticketsfor thePATH, ferry, NJ Transitand carrier buses.

The spokeswoman for NJ Transit also said that delays are expected, especially for the North East Corridor and New Jersey Coast lines.

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MTA Transit Police did not give out any information other than security is "hyped up. It's not a great time."

Metro reached out to the FBI in Newark, since the FBI has jurisdiction, and is awaiting a call back from a representative.

 
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