Explosion at New York’s Port Authority near Time Square … (UPDATE: Pipe Bomb Suspected)(UPDATE: Suspect in Custody)(UPDATE: ISIS Inspired)(UPDATE: Terror Suspect ID’d as Akayed Ullah) VIDEO of actual Explosion
EXPLOSION AT PORT AUTHORITY IN NYC …
It is being reported that there has been a possible terror attack and explosion at NYC’s Port Authority at approximately 7:30 am ET. Law enforcement officials have stated that the explosion was believed to be an “intentional act.” The suspect was carrying some sort of pipe bomb or other type of improvised explosive device that either went off prematurely or only partially detonated. The blast went off in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave.
There are reports of a possible terror attack in New York City, after an explosion was felt Monday morning in a Subway station near Times Square.
Commuters said they felt a blast in the Subway tunnels underneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal around 7:30am. The bus terminal is a major transit hub for people commuting to and from New Jersey by bus, and is located just a block from Times Square.
UPDATE I: Terror suspect in Custody.
One person is in custody after an improvised pipe bomb exploded during the morning rush Monday near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
The device was apparently being carried by a suspect when it exploded prematurely. That suspect was injured and is in custody.
The suspect has only been identified as a man in his 20s, possibly from Brooklyn, CBS2’s Reena Roy reported.
Sources said the suspect had a second device on him, CBS2 reported. The suspect apparently suffered a laceration to his thigh in the blast.
At the 15 second mark of Video below can see when the detonation actually took place
UPDATE II: ISIS Inspired terror attack.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said preliminary information suggests the man is in his 20s, possibly from Bangladesh, “who supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS, so definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended.”
The man has been in the country for about seven years, Bratton said.
A homemade pipe bomb detonated in an underground walkway beneath the bus terminal near Times Square. Suspect Akayed Ullah, 27, and five other people were injured.
– He lives in Brooklyn and is of Bangladeshi descent, two law enforcement sources said.
– He arrived in the United States on an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011, DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton said, calling him a “lawful permanent resident from Bangladesh who benefited from extended family chain migration.”
– He has no criminal record in the US, according to a preliminary background check.
– Ullah also has no criminal record in his native Bangladesh, according to Sahely Ferdous, a Bangladesh police spokeswoman. Ferdous said Ullah last travelled to Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka — where he was born and raised — in September, but police had no information on why he was there.
– Ullah recently did electrical work close to Port Authority with his brother. That brother lives in the same apartment building as Ullah, according to law enforcement.