The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was apprehended on the scene the NYPD said.
MANHATTAN, New York City- The NYPD said they responded to a reported explosion at a Port Authority bus station of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave during morning rush hour Monday. A total of 4 injuries were reported at the scene according to the FDNY. All injuries are non-life-threatening, they say.
The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was apprehended on the scene.
NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neil said the suspect, Akayed Ullah, “was wearing an improvised, low-tech explosive device attached to his body. He intentionally detonated that device”.
“This was an attempted terrorist attack,” NYC Mayor de Blasio said.
It is the busiest station complex in the system, serving 64,531,511 passengers in 2016 according to the Port Authority website.
The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time according to police. No cars allowed to exit FDR Drive from 59st to 42nd St., — 45th to 40th St., 7th to 9th Ave remains closed.
Update regarding explosion at 42nd St and 8th Ave, in subway: One male suspect is in custody. No injuries other than suspect at this time. Avoid the area. Subways bypassing #PortAuthority and Times Square Stations. Info is preliminary. pic.twitter.com/bEAdjq8mYc
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017
Sources say the device may have been a pipe bomb.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rushed to the scene.
How can #NYC can keep such a vast subway system safe? It takes all 6M people who ride the trains every day — everybody’s eyes and ears. If something doesn’t look right, doesn’t feel right — flag down a cop, give us a chance to investigate. Public safety’s a shared responsibility. pic.twitter.com/zd1Pk7u5Fl
— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) December 11, 2017