Four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after an explosion rocked New York’s busy Port Authority bus terminal on Monday morning.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said the suspect prematurely set off his explosive device at around 7:30 a.m., causing him to sustain serious injuries. The incident was caught on the bus terminal’s surveillance cameras.
BREAKING VIDEO: Moment of explosion at 42nd St and 8th Avenue in Manhattan pic.twitter.com/JwygdnnwNb— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 11, 2017
The Port Authority terminal and nearby Times Square subway station were consequently evacuated.
Reporters speculated that the device was a pipe bomb, but this has not been confirmed by the NYPD.
Police confirmed that the suspect was in custody and receiving medical attention at Bellevue Hospital.
BREAKING PHOTO: The suspect in police custody following theexplosion at Port Authority Bus Terminal. pic.twitter.com/IwM98CSBRP— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 11, 2017
Update regarding explosion at 42nd St and 8th Ave, in subway: One male suspect is in custody. No injuries other than suspect at this time. Avoid the area. Subways bypassing #PortAuthority and Times Square Stations. Info is preliminary. pic.twitter.com/bEAdjq8mYc— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017
Update: A total of 4 injuries reported at the scene of an explosion at Port Authority. All injuries are non-life-threatening— FDNY (@FDNY) December 11, 2017
ABC News reported that the suspect is a 27-year-old native of Bangladesh and has lived in the United States for 7 years.
Addressing the press on the matter, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the man acted alone and no other incidents have been reported.
“There are no known additional incidents or activities,” he said, adding that police will be on high alert. He urged New Yorkers to report any suspicious activities to the police.
SaharaReporters observed that there was an increased presence of police officers in Midtown Manhattan while subways were running with delays.