An explosion Monday morning at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan is, in the words of Police Commissioner James O’Neill, a “terror-related incident.”
The explosion happened on a walkway below ground near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, injuring 3 people.
Police identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old man who lives in Brooklyn and is of Bangladeshi descent. Ullah is in custody and is now at Bellevue Hospital.
The suspect wore an “improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body. He intentionally detonated that device,” O’Neill said.
Ullah told police he made the device at his workplace, according to a senior New York law enforcement official and a city official being briefed on the investigation.
The device he used was a pipe bomb affixed to his person with a combination of Velcro and zip ties, John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, said.
Asked if the suspect claimed connection to ISIS, O’Neill told reporters that “he did make statements” but refrained at present from disclosing what he said, CNN reported.
Police are asking anyone who may have any information about this individual or the incident to call Terror Hotline at 888-NYC-SAFE.
BREAKING VIDEO: Moment of explosion at 42nd St and 8th Avenue in Manhattan pic.twitter.com/JwygdnnwNb
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