Explosion reported in Manhattan; New York police say one person in custody

16 December, 2017, 06:00 | Author: Gladys Mathis
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An explosion in a subway near New York City's Port Authority during the Monday morning commute was an attempted "terrorist attack", Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

A 27-year-old male suspect, identified by authorities as Akayed Ullah, "intentionally" detonated an explosive device that was attached to his body about 7:20 a.m.at an underground walkway near the Times Square shuttle, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill. A further review and witness interview is underway. The photograph also shows police officers holding the man's hands behind his back.

The statements were made after the New York Police Department had revealed that one person was taken into custody after the explosion, with at least four people wounded as a result of the blast, pointing out that "all injuries are non-life-threatening", which has been confirmed by the New York Fire Department as well.

The attack forced Port Authority officials to shut down service in Times Square "temporarily" and led Mayor Bill De Blasio to thank God several times as he acknowledged it was an attack that could have been much worse.

We are monitoring the incident that occurred in New York City this morning.

According to MSNBC, citing former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, the preliminary information suggests the suspect is in his 20s, possibly from Bangladesh, living in the USA for seven years, "who supposedly was setting the device off in the name of Daesh". The suspect is a Lawful Permanent Resident from Bangladesh who benefited from extended family chain migration.

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President Donald Trump was briefed about the incident, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said.

The NYPD has asked people to avoid the blast area, informing people that buses are bypassing the Port Authority and Times Square stations.

It is the biggest and busiest bus terminal in the world, serving more than 65 million people a year. "This is the most resilient place on Earth", he said. "What is clear is the resolve of New Yorkers to live in a free society, devoid of fear".

He said the attacker obtained information on how to make a bomb from the internet. Many people were in the passageway when the explosion caused it to fill with smoke.

Joon Kim, acting USA attorney for the Southern District of NY, said at a news conference today that Ullah allegedly aimed to "murder as many innocent human beings as he could and to blow himself up in the process - all in support of a vicious terrorist cause". That driver, who survived, was taken into custody and told authorities that he carried out the attack in the name of the Islamic State.

Mr Cuomo said: "This is NY".

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