A device detonated at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on the morning of Dec. 11, sending the busy streets of NYC into complete chaos. Here’s what we know so far.
Police, firefighters, ambulance workers and more are flooding New York City’s Port Authority after an explosion on Dec. 11. At first, it was reported that several people were injured after the device went off. The explosion happened around 7:20 in the morning, right as the busy commuter traffic was beginning to trickle in. One male was taken into custody after the attack, a member of the NYPD confirmed. The police also confirmed that he was the only one injured in the explosion. UPDATE: NYPD Commissioner, Bill Bratton, said the bomb suspect is possibly from Bangladesh and in his 20s, and acted in the name of ISIS. He has been in the country for about seven years and was identified as Akayed Ullah. The New York Post reports that the suspect had wires attached to him, which he detonated prematurely, and he reportedly had a pipe bomb and battery pack on him, as well. He was left badly injured after detonating his explosive. The FDNY confirms a total of four other injuries, all non-life threatening, at the scene of the explosion. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that this was an attempted terrorist attack, but reassured New Yorkers that there are no other threats at this time.
The explosion reportedly happened in an MTA tunnel at 42nd street and 8th avenue, at the passageway to the N, Q and R trains. Several subway lines began bypassing the Times Sq/42nd street station after the attack, according to ABC News. The A, C and E subway lines were evacuated after the explosion, and Port Authority was closed completely. The scene at Port Authority was understandably chaotic as people were evacuated from the busy bus terminal, and the streets were quickly blocked off as the situation was investigated. TheFDNY has reportedly ordered crews to be on the lookout for more devices.
Port Authority is located between 8th and 9th avenues and 40th and 42nd streets, right outside Time Square. An average of 250,000 passengers travel through the terminal each day. “I was exiting the Port Authority and the National Guard was running towards something shouting,’Go, go go!'” one witness tweeted. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
Thousands of people commute through Port Authority each day. At this time we are hearing of at least one person injured in the apparent explosion, @DeMarcoReports says https://t.co/bM1QNc561o pic.twitter.com/iRahMtmzKZ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 11, 2017
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