Explosion Confirmed At Major New York City Bus Terminal, Suspect Identified

Ross Houston
December 15, 2017

Port Authority Police Department Officer Jack Collins, who was undercover at the time, looking for children being trafficked at the bus terminal, apprehended Ullah, ABC News reports. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, and three other people were injured.

"When we hear of an attack in the subways, it's incredibly unsettling", New York City mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at a news conference. "Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals".

Ullah was subsequently taken into custody by law enforcement.

"This is NYC, we don't live in fear", O'Neill said.

The bomb, set off in a crowded subway passage during the morning rush hour, only partially detonated, deeply wounding the bomber himself but only causing slight injuries to three other people.

A New Yotk City Police (NYPD) K-9 unit stands in the subway corridor, at the New York Port Authority subway station near the site of an attempted detonation the day before, during the morning rush in New York City, U.S. December 12, 2017.

A pipe bomb has detonated near Times Square in NY.

Ullah recently carried out electrical work close to the Port Authority along with his brother, who lives in the same apartment building as the suspect, according to law enforcement.

However, he maintained, "This is NY".

In an interview with investigators, Ullah admitted that he built and detonated the device and said he was inspired to do so by ISIS.

"Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates this individual was wearing an improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body", O'Neill said.

- Police identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old man.

"When you hear about a bomb in the subway station, it is in many ways one of our worst nightmares", Cuomo said.

Ullah married a Bangladeshi woman about two years ago and she lived in Dhaka, the cousin said, adding that he was educated in Bangladesh before he moved to the United States.

Outside the Ocean Parkway building Monday evening, Albert Fox Cahn, legal director of the NY chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the group was "heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family".

The NYPD later said a fourth person also sustained minor injuries. The suspect, who was injured in the explosion but was expected to survive, was described as an immigrant from Bangladesh, officials said.

The accused bomber, sources said, got the explosive recipe from reading Inspire magazine - al Qaeda's Web-based English-language publication, founded by the late American Islamist Anwar al-Awlaki and called "the Vanity Fair of terrorism".

The explosion occurred just after 7 a.m.in the area of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

Ullah arrived in the United States seven years ago on a family visa, one authoritative USA source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the explosion, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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