Explosion At New York City's Port Authority Was Attempted Terrorist Attack


Multiple people were hurt after an explosion near New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling it an "an attempted terrorist attack" and Governor Andrew Cuomo called the bomb blast "frightening." 

New York authorities say the device was based on a pipe bomb, and strapped to the suspect's body with velcro and zip ties. Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told NBC the bomb either went off prematurely or malfunctioned. The suspect, who has been identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was injured and is in an area hospital. Thee other people were hurt but are expected to be OK. 

Officials say there are no other credible threats against New York City at this time.  Cuomo added that New York is a target and "we're not going to allow them to destroy us, that's exactly what they want." 

The NYPD and FDNY responded to the incident that happened at about 7:30 a.m. at the entrance to a subway during the height of Monday morning's rush hour. 

Several witnesses say people were running for the exits after the explosion, the subways were evacuated and there was a heavy police presence at the scene. 

The White House says President Trump has been briefed on this morning's explosion. NBC is reporting the Joint Terrorism Task Force has been called to the scene.  

The terminal handles about 250,000 passengers a day and services commuter buses from New Jersey as well as long-distance ones by Greyhound. 

Commuters are being urged to avoid the area around the normally-bustling transportation hub and all trains are bypassing stops at 42nd Street.


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