Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

New York City Port Authority Explosion

New York City Port Authority Explosion

The suspect in the incident at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a block from Times Square, was identified as Akayed Ullah, the New York Police Department commissioner said. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority later reported that 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains were skipping 42nd Street.

Type of device: Ullah wore an "improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body", which he intentionally detonated, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. Other victims had minor injuries.

Elrana Peralta, a Greyhound customer service worker at the terminal, said she did not hear the explosion.

"Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals", said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Entrances on Eighth Street are also open after being closed for more than four hours. The 7:30 a.m. blast filled the passageway, crowded with throngs of Monday morning commuters, with smoke.

The NYPD also informed that it has taken one male suspect into the custody and is responding to the explosion at the 42nd Avenue in the city.

"Could have been a lot worse", a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

"From what I saw it sounded like it came from the subway, but I'm just guessing", he said.

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Asked whether the suspect has connection with the Islamic State, O'Neil said, "He did make a statement but we are not going to talk about that right now". "It was two distinct explosions seconds from each other".

All MTA trains are bypassing the Port Authority and 42 St. stops as police investigated the incident.

Cuomo and de Blasio are on the scene and have been briefed by law enforcement.

Several New York City subway lines connect at or near the Port Authority.

At the White House, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, "This attack underscores the need for Congress to work with the president on immigration reforms that enhance our national security and public safety".

Policemen stand guard at the site of the blast in NY, the United States, on December 11, 2017.

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