Terrorism suspect in custody following NYC explosion

Terrorism suspect in custody following NYC explosion

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WASHINGTON — A suspect is in custody following what appears to be an attempted terrorist attack at New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday morning.

According to New York City Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill, officers found 27-year-old Akayed Ullah injured in an underground walkway connecting two subway lines, after he was believed to have had a detonated a low-tech improvised explosive device attached to his body.

Ullah was transferred to Bellevue Hospital, where he is being treated for burns and lacerations.

He is described as a Brooklyn resident who is a native of Bangladesh.

Further investigation into Ullah’s background and motives will be conducted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), O’Neill said. JTTFis a collaboraton betwen the FBI and NYPD Dooccoee

Three other people are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “This was an attempted terrorist attack. “But he said investigators have concluded that there are no other “credible or specific threats.”

“At this point in time, all we know of is one individual who — thank God  — was unsuccessful in his aims,” de Blasio said during a press conference. “We will give you more information, of course, as the information unfolds.”

The explosion, which police responded to at 7:20 a.m., lead to the suspension of the subway system. Operations have since been restored, except for the 42nd Street station near Times Square.

De Blasio urged New Yorkers who see anything unusual or suspicious to notify a police officer.

“It’s so important to speak up because you could save many lives by doing so,” the mayor said.

The White House said in a statement that President Donald Trump was briefed as the situation unfolded.

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