Three people plus the suspect were injured when a man allegedly detonated an explosive device attached to his body in a New York City subway tunnel on Monday morning, officials announced.
N.Y.C. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the explosion as “an attempted terrorist attack,” and officials said the suspect is in custody.
All injuries are considered non-life-threatening, the Fire Department of New York announced on Twitter.
New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced at a news conference later Monday morning that the explosion occurred about 7:20 a.m. in an underground passageway from Seventh to Eighth Avenues, a busy commuter area near Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, from Brooklyn, allegedly detonated “an improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body,” O’Neill said.
Officials said the device was “based on a pipe bomb” that was “affixed to his person with a combination of Velcro and zip ties.”
O’Neill said the suspect was placed in custody and transported to Bellevue Hospital for his injuries, which a city official described as burns and lacerations to the hands and abdomen.
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In response to a reporter’s question about whether the suspect claimed a connection to ISIS, O’Neill said, “He did make statements, but we’re not going to talk about that right now.”
The city official said all three of the injured bystanders transported themselves to area hospitals “with ringing in the ears and headaches,” describing the injuries as “minor.”
Mayor de Blasio said, “There are no credible or specific threats against New York City at this time” and that “all we know of is one individual, who, thank God, was unsuccessful in his aims.”
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Police said Port Authority Bus Terminal was evacuated and closed but it has now been reopened. The subway system is running with disruptions.
De Blasio said the suspect’s choice to allegedly attack New York “is always for a reason.”
“We’re a beacon to the world and we actually show that a society of many faiths and many backgrounds can work,” he said. “And we show that democracy can work, and our enemies want to undermine that.”
De Blasio encouraged citizens to speak up if they see suspicious activity: “This is the difference-maker, we’ve said it time and again.”