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

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Investigators believe it detonated after Ullah touched two wires together, closing an electrical circuit possibly made with Christmas light wires attached to a nine-volt battery.

Fire officials said the suspect had burns to his hands and abdomen.

The three injured people took themselves to nearby hospitals where they reported minor injuries, including ringing to the ears.

It's unclear whether Ullah was attempting a suicide bombing. "Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goal".

How bomb was made: According to a senior NY law enforcement official and a city official being briefed on the investigation, Ullah told police he made the device at his workplace.

The NYPD said on it's official Twitter account: "The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan". The suspect was walking eastbound in the passageway at the time, during what would have been peak morning commute hours.

Mr Cuomo said the attacker apparently used the internet to obtain information on how to make a bomb. "When we hear of an attack in the subways it is incredibly unsettling". "The reality turns out to be better than the initial expectation and fear".

Officials say he intentionally detonated a "low-tech" pipe bomb device that was affixed to his body using a combination of velcro and zip-ties.

Elrana Peralta, a customer service worker for Greyhound, said she works in the Port Authority terminal complex near where the blast happened, but didn't hear the explosion.

"So, definitely a terrorist attack". "As to whether the device malfunctioned or didn't function correctly, that will have to be determined".

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According to MSNBC, citing former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, the preliminary information suggests the suspect is in his 20s, possibly from Bangladesh, living in the U.S. for seven years, "who supposedly was setting the device off in the name of Daesh". "We've proved it time and time again", Blasio added.

He assured the public that there are no credible and specific threats to New York City at the moment.

Law enforcement officials work following an explosion near New York's Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. He had no criminal record there and last visited Bangladesh in September.

"The pace is quickening, as we have been indicating that it would", he told MSNBC.

"This is NY". These attacks are going to increase. "It was two distinct explosions seconds from each other".

Zeins said that investigators were responding to his apartment to search for any evidence connected to the incident and check to see if he had any connections to worldwide terror groups.

"We will continue to assist NY authorities with the response and investigation and we urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity", Nielsen said.

Akayed Ullah, 27, has been identified by Police Commissioner James O'Neill as the suspected bomber. He did not answer questions about the suspect's background, citing the ongoing investigation. The A, C and E lines of the NY Subway system run along Eight Ave.

The bus terminal at Port Authority had been evacuated and closed, but reopened just before 10am.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the explosion, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted.

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