Explosion Rocks Central Manhattan: Four Injured, Suspect in Custody

16 December, 2017, 05:58 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Explosion reported near NYC port authority bus station

"Thank God the only injuries that we know at this point were minor", De Blasio said at a press conference.

The attack could have been catastrophic given the crowds of commuters passing through at the time. "I just thought, not another situation again".

"The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan". Many people were in the passageway when the explosion caused it to fill with smoke.

"Nothing is going to change", she said.

"It's really, really scary", Danzy said.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update this post throughout the day with more information. And you hopefully have a strong belief in the man upstairs.

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Reports indicate that the suspect, 27-year-old Bangladeshi native Akayed Ullah, remains in the hospital, where he's being treated for injuries after detonating a pipe bomb in the underground passageway between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday.

Police Commissioner Paul O'Neill said the suspect "made statements" regarding terror group Isis but declined to comment further.

Ullah is charged with five federal counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use.

New Yorkers should expect to see increased police presence at all transportation hubs around the city immediately, he said.

On October 30, a man drove his rented truck down a cycle path along the Hudson River, killing eight and injuring 11 others.

The man accused of carrying out that attack, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, was allegedly "inspired" to commit it after watching ISIS videos on his cellphone and he "wanted to kill as many people as he could", according to a federal criminal complaint filed by prosecutors.

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"The terrorists will not win".

"We are targeted by those whose poisoned minds think that killing innocent Americans here in this city will somehow advance their twisted ideology", he said.

Hours after Monday's explosion, New York Gov. "Let's get back to work".

Police on the scene told News Corp Australia they were "not allowed" to comment.

De Blasio called the incident "a terrorist attack", but said there are no other known threats against the city.

"I was exiting the Port Authority and the National Guard was running towards something shouting "Go, Go, Go", commuter Keith Woodfin tweeted, according to New York Daily News.

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"My daily commute is frequently through this bus station on the way to work", Johnson said. During the course of Ullah's arrest, officers located on his person and in the surrounding area what appeared to be the components of an exploded pipe bomb.

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