Explosion rocks NY commuter hub, one suspect in custody

16 December, 2017, 05:56 | Author: Lester Mason
  • Police respond to the explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan

On MSNBC, former New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton said the suspect is in his mid-20s, is possibly from Bangladesh and "was supposedly setting the device off in the name of ISIS", according to preliminary information from his police sources.

The suspect has made "statements" about the explosion, but authorities did not say what the comments were.

Update, 3:31 p.m.: As of this afternoon, MTA service has returned mostly to normal; trains are once again running to the 42nd St-Times Sq subway station, though the underground passageway connecting that station to the 42nd St-Port Authority subway terminal remains closed.

The police have confirmed that apart from the suspect, three other people have suffered non- life-threatening injuries. Ullah was not licensed to drive a NYC yellow taxi, Fromberg said.

"He intentionally detonated that device", O'Neill said of the suspect who was arrested and transported to Bellevue Hospital.

The NYPD is investigating the explosion as a possible terrorism incident, according to law enforcement officials.

Mr Ullah was a permanent U.S. resident, living in Brooklyn, New York City.

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De Blasio said there are no other known credible threats to the city at this time.

The New York Times obtained a copy of the surveillance video of the explosion, which appears to show the moment when the device was detonated.

"When we hear of an attack in the subways, it's incredibly unsettling", New York City mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at a news conference. "Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals".

USA media is reporting that the suspect told investigators that he was avenging attacks on the so-called Islamic State group and chose the location by its Christmas posters. The officials spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.

A senior emergency official told The New York Times that the suspect was seriously injured. He is believed to have strapped a "low-tech" device to his body using Velcro and zip ties. "What is clear is the resolve of New Yorkers to live in a free society, devoid of fear".

First reports of the incident began soon after 7 a.m. (1200 GMT), at the start of the city's rush hour.

He told police investigators he had been inspired by Christmas terror attacks in Europe and selected the Port Authority bus terminal after seeing a number of festive posters on the subway walls. She said, "All we could hear was the chaos". Andrew Cuomo tweeted, "Let's get back to our daily business".

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