Mayor: Explosion at Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan was attempted terror attack

Mayor: Explosion at Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan was attempted terror attack
# 11 December 2017 16:22 (UTC +04:00)

One man is in custody after an explosion Monday morning at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan that Mayor Bill de Blasio called "an attempted terrorist attack,” according to abc news.

A pipe bomb affixed to the suspect with Velcro straps detonated at about 7:30 a.m. in a passageway between subway lines below ground.

The 27-year-old suspect, identified as Akayed Ullah, was injured in the arm and torso from the device that went off in his arms.

He is alert and conscious but badly injured at Bellevue Hospital, sources say.

"Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates that this male was wearing an improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body. He intentionally detonated that device," said NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

The man, whose address is in Brooklyn, is from Bangladesh and has been in the United States 7 years.

Ullah made statements indicating he supports ISIS, investigators said. He has a brother in a Brooklyn school that authorities are now trying to find.

Three civilians suffered minor injuries.

"This was an attempted terrorist attack," said de Blasio. "Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals."

The incident happened in an MTA passageway at the terminal at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue.

The bus terminal was temporarily closed but has now re-opened..

The NYPD is on high alert searching for any related activity at the Port Authority and on the subway system. None have been reported so far.

There is a heavy police presence in the area surrounding the terminal.

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