Police Arrest Suspect in Port Authority Bombing Who Set Off ‘Explosive Vest’
A suspect is in custody following an explosion in New York’s Port Authority at the intersection of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue during rush hour Monday morning.
A video of the explosion, caught by security cameras, can be seen above.
During a presser, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio described the incident as “an attempted terror attack.” According to New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah set off the device at around 7:20 a.m. in the Port Authority subway station.
Per the New York Post, law enforcement sources said the suspect is an ISIS-inspired suicide bomber who set off a homemade explosive vest.
The attacker is a 27-year-old Brooklyn resident, possibly of Bangladeshi origin, the Post reports. He “had wires attached to him and a 5-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack strapped to his midsection as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub, sources said.” The device was “partially detonated.”
— New York Post (@nypost) December 11, 2017
Ullah suffered lacerations and burns from the explosion and taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated.
The FDNY said that four people were injured in the incident — including the attacker — though none of the injuries were life threatening.
This story is developing and will be updated as more reports come in.
UPDATE – 4:59 p.m. EST: The White House released a statement decrying the attack and highlighting President Trump’s calls for tougher immigration policy.
JUST IN: President Trump releases statement on today's attack in New York City: pic.twitter.com/enprdihNdZ
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