A low tech device exploded during rush hour Monday morning at New York’s Port Authority, the world’s busiest bus terminal, injuring four people, including the man carrying the device.
The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was taken into custody, city officials said. NYPD confirmed the suspect detonated what is believed to be a crude bomb in Port Authority. He and three others suffered injuries that are not life threatening, the NYPD said.
“This was an attempted terrorist attack,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference at the scene.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was also on the scene shortly after the attack and urged commuters to remain resilient.
“We’re not going to allow them to disrupt us — that’s exactly what they want, and that’s exactly what they’re not going to get,” Cuomo said.
The explosion happened around 7:20 a.m. ET at the bus terminal, which is near New York’s Times Square. City officials said the explosion happened in a pedestrian tunnel under 42nd Street between 7th and 8th avenues.
Former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton, who is now an MSNBC consultant, on the network said that the man detonated the device in the name of the so-called Islamic State. Bratton cited three sources.
“It is a man in his middle 20s probably, possibly from Bangladesh. Been in the country about seven years, who was supposedly setting the device off in the name of ISIS. So definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended,” Bratton said.
The A, C, and E subway lines were evacuated, according to a tweet. The MTA said 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains were bypassing the Times Square-42 Street station in both directions and A, C and E trains were bypassing 42 Street/Port Authority-Bus Terminal in both directions. The NYPD said the information is preliminary, and will provide more info when available.
The White House said in a tweet President Donald Trump has been briefed on the New York City explosion.