'Boom' Then Smoke: Witness Describes Underground Blast Near Port Authority Bus Terminal

Courtesy of CBS News

According to New York City police, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah is in custody, after being caught wearing a homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. The device exploded in a passageway connecting the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations just before 7:30 a.m. Police partially stripped Ullah to remove the device, the New York Times reported.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly while the investigation is ongoing, said Akayed Ullah, a Bangladesh native in the USA since 2011, has been cooperating with authorities from the New York City Police Department and the FBI is interrogating him extensively. They said he's from Bangladesh. He reportedly lived at an address in Brooklyn.

NY police commissioner James O'Neill said the 27-year-old suspect had strapped the explosive device to his body.

Three people, including a police officer, suffered minor injuries.

The person arrested had a pipe bomb strapped to him when it went off on a subway platform, a law enforcement official said.

"This is NY, the reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom", Governor Cuomo said.

- Ullah held a New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission for-hire vehicle driver's license from March 2012 through March 2015, NYC TLC Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs Allan J. Fromberg said in a statement to CNN. All of the injuries were non-life-threatening, according to the Fire Department of NY.

The suspect in an attempted terror attack near Times Square told investigators that he timed the assault to coincide with the Christmas season for the greatest possible impact - lashing out in the name of the Islamic State, a law enforcement official said Monday.

The explosion triggered a massive response by police and firefighters both above and below ground, tangling subway and bus service. "Info is preliminary, more when available", it tweeted.

"Through incredibly good fortune, his bomb did not seriously injure anyone other than himself", acting US Attorney for the Southern District Joon Kim said Tuesday. More than 10 train lines use the location and it served 64.5 million passengers in 2016. "The reality turns out to be better than the initial expectation and fear", said New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The incident was the second in the fourth quarter of the year that New York City saw one individual conducted terror attack in the busiest areas of Manhattan.

On Halloween, a truck attack in lower Manhattan killed eight people and injured 12. "And let's also be clear, this was an attempted terrorist attack".

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