Police in New York Respond to Report of Explosion

Cheryl Sanders
December 13, 2017

The incident occurred less than two months after an Uzbek immigrant killed eight people by speeding a rental truck down a New York City bike path, in an attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility. Three other people sustained minor injuries.

NYPD: Responding to report of Times Square area explosion

NY state Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking at a news conference near the site, described the device as "amateur-level". Shortly before 11 a.m., the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that while the A, C, and E trains were still bypassing the 42nd Street Port Authority stop, a number of other trains - including the 1, 2, and 3 and the N, Q, and R, had resumed making station stops at the Times Square 42nd Street station. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P O'Neill labeled it an attempted terror attack. "Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals".

NY emergency authorities were responding to reports of an explosion at New York's Port Authority, one of the city's busiest commuter hubs, during Monday morning's rush hour. Photos were circulating on social media of the man on the ground with his hands cuffed behind and injuries to his torso. Preliminary information suggests that he may have initially been from Bangladesh and has been living in America for about seven years, according to former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. The underground tunnel is a major thoroughfare for workers during the morning rush hour.

President Trump "has been briefed on the explosion in New York City", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said via a tweet Monday morning. He was also injured after the attack and is now in custody. It was the first deadly terror attack in NY since 9/11. The device was reported to have gone off prematurely, and the explosion was recorded on surveillance camera. "We are a target".

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