27-year-old Akaidullah wore a “low-tech” device attached to his person with Velcro ties and zippers. He was the most serious of the four who sustained burns and injuries when the bomb exploded in an underground passage between two subway lines, under the Port Authority bus stop, at 42nd Street and Eighth Street. Authorities say he claims to have manufactured the incendiary device at his workplace.
“This was an attempted terrorist attack,” New York City Major Bill de Blasio said in a morning newspaper interview, being held outside the bus station. “Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goal, and thank God the first responders were there very quickly to remedy the situation. Thank God the only injuries we know of at this point were minor.”
The suspect made a statement of allegiance, and authorities confirmed when asked directly if he had declared allegiance to ISIS, but gave no details. The authors said that there was no other known terrorism-related activity reported in or around New York City. However, de Blasio said, authorities have secured all major transportation hubs and destinations in the area, adding, “New Yorkers realize when they see those long guns and highly trained officers, which should reassure you.”
Three additional but not life-threatening injuries were reported; Including ringing in the ears and severe headaches, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill Jr. told reporters.
“Let’s get back to work,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told New Yorkers via the piston. We won’t let this stop us; This is exactly what they want, and exactly what they won’t get.”
About a month and a half ago, the three men carried a press to answer questions about the terror-related attack in Lower Manhattan. Sevolo Habibulaevich Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek national, allegedly rented a truck and intentionally drove it down a main western-side bike path for about 20 buildings, killing at least eight people and injuring more than a dozen. Similarly, de Blasio called it an act of terrorism, making it the first to take lives in New York City since September 11, 2001.
former: The NYFD has now reported that four people were injured in a rush hour explosion under the Port Authority bus terminal, at 42nd St. Among them the suspect, who survived the early suicide bombing, is one of the four. None of the injuries poses a threat to life. A press conference is expected to start soon.
former: Times Square in New York City became a headline in the morning when an explosive device went off under the Port Authority bus stop, on 42nd Street and Eighth Street, around 7:25 a.m. No deaths were reported. one man under arrest; The FDNY reported that he had a non-life-threatening injury and is believed to have been wearing a homemade explosive vest that detonated prematurely. CNN reported that authorities went to his home for a search. ABC News reported that the suspect, who is originally from Bangladesh, has been in the United States for seven years and has an address in Brooklyn.
The explosion occurred in an underground passage between two subway lines. Port Authority bus station evacuated; Lines A, C and E were evacuated as police began an intense search. Authorities initially reported that trains 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 bypass 42nd Street station. The Port Authority bus station was also evacuated. Eighth Street is closed to Times Square.
Hundreds of passengers were still stuck in the area around 9 a.m., confined to “frozen areas” set up by police along Eighth Avenue.
The authority reports that the Port Authority bus terminal is open, although the entrance to Eighth Ave is closed.
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