Several experts including a former New York City police commissioner said Sunday the explosion that injured 29 people on a Manhattan street was clearly an act of terrorism, and they were perplexed that Mayor Bill de Blasio called it only "an intentional act."
"It is absolutely an act of terrorism. I couldn't disagree with him (de Blasio) more," Howard Safir, who was police commissioner from 1996 to 2000, said in an interview. "I think they do a disservice to the public when they try to sugar coat something that is a horrific act."
He said people should realize this is a new era. "As we are more successful on the battlefields in the Middle East, our adversaries are looking for a target," Safir said.
Jerome Hauer, a former commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, said de Blasio might be trying to maintain public calm by not calling the explosion a terrorist attack, "but it's certainly an act of terrorism."