Small blast strikes transit hub in New York

An explosive device was detonated in the Port Authority Bus Terminal early on Monday in the city of New York, injuring four near Times Square.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was an “attempted terrorist attack” during a press conference later in the morning, with suspect Akayed Ullah detonating a homemade device that was strapped to his torso.

Ullah, 27, is injured but stable and in police custody, according to the New York Police Department. The device detonated around 7:20 a.m. in a small passageway between transit areas.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill declined to confirm whether the suspect uttered allegiance to the radical Daesh (IS) militant group, but said there would have more information on it later.

Three civilians were hurt in the blast, sustaining “non-life threatening” injuries.

A press conference was held just past 9:30 a.m. by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the police commissioner, and the mayor.

“There are no additional known activities,” de Blasio said, explaining there are no further threats to the city.

“This is New York City, we don’t live in fear,” O’Neill said.

Emergency services in the United States responded to reports of an explosion during morning rush hour at the station located in Manhattan.

The Port Authority and several subway lines were initially closed, but have since been reopened.


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