Four Injured In ‘Attempted Terrorist Attack’ At Port Authority Terminal
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Four Injured In ‘Attempted Terrorist Attack’ At Port Authority Terminal

  • NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: New York City Police Department officers stand guard at a closed subway station near Times Square and the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, December 11, 2017 in New York City. The Police Department said that one person was in custody for an attempted terror attack after an explosion in a passageway linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal with the subway. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: New York City Police Department officers stand guard at a closed subway station near Times Square and the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, December 11, 2017 in New York City. The Police Department said that one person was in custody for an attempted terror attack after an explosion in a passageway linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal with the subway. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
  • New York City Police Department officers stand guard at a closed subway station near Times Square and the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, December 11, 2017 in New York City. The Police Department said that one person was in custody for an attempted terror attack after an explosion in a passageway linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal with the subway. Getty Images
    New York City Police Department officers stand guard at a closed subway station near Times Square and the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, December 11, 2017 in New York City. The Police Department said that one person was in custody for an attempted terror attack after an explosion in a passageway linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal with the subway. Getty Images
  • Police and other first responders respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017 in New York. New York police said Monday that they were investigating an explosion of "unknown origin" in busy downtown Manhattan, and that people were being evacuated. Media reports said at least one person had been detained after the blast near the Port Authority transit terminal, close to Times Square.Early media reports said the blast came from a pipe bomb, and that several people were injured. JTA
    Police and other first responders respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017 in New York. New York police said Monday that they were investigating an explosion of "unknown origin" in busy downtown Manhattan, and that people were being evacuated. Media reports said at least one person had been detained after the blast near the Port Authority transit terminal, close to Times Square.Early media reports said the blast came from a pipe bomb, and that several people were injured. JTA

An explosion at the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City called an “attempted terrorist attack” injured at least four people, including the suspected bomber, who is in custody.

The man had the explosive device, a crude pipe bomb, strapped to his body when it exploded Monday at around 7:15 a.m., causing burns to his abdomen and hands, The Associated Press reported. The New York Police Department’s bomb squad was deployed to the scene. Police and firefighters also were there, and the station was evacuated.

The explosive device was found on a subway platform, Fox News reported, citing police. It is believed the explosive did not detonate as planned.

The subway system is particularly busy during rush hour on a Monday morning, the start of the work week.

“This was an attempted terrorist attack,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters more than two hours after the explosion.

“The terrorists did not win. We are going to keep being New Yorkers,” he also said.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at the same news conference that the attacker had the bomb strapped to his body when it detonated, and suffered minor burns. The detonation took place in the subway in an underground passageway between Seventh and Eighth avenues on 42nd Street.

Asked by a reporter if the suspect had any connections to ISIS, O’Neill said the man “made statements,” but declined to be more specific.

New York City Police have identified the man in custody as Akayed Ullah, 27, a resident of Brooklyn. He is said to be of  Bangladeshi origin and has lived in the United States for the last seven years.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

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