Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Port Authority explosion: Subways, buses, NJ Transit, and PATH all affected

Port Authority explosion: Subways, buses, NJ Transit, and PATH all affected

The explosion that injured four and led to an evacuation was caused by an "improvised low-tech explosive device" that was detonated in the 42nd Street passageway between 7th and 8th avenues, NBC News reported. "It was two distinct explosions seconds from each other".

Members of the New York City Police Department stand guard inside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal following an explosion, December 11, 2017. "They yearn to attack New York City". NY state Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking at a news conference near the site, described the device as "amateur-level".

De Blasio told the same news conference that the incident, which happened at the start of the city's rush hour, was "an attempted terrorist attack".

The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, was described as an immigrant from Bangladesh, officials said.

The explosion happened in an underground walkway between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway stations around 7:19 a.m. When the smoke clears, a man can be seen lying on the ground in the hallway.

Marlyn Yu Sherlock was at a retail store on the main floor of the terminal when people began flooding out of the subway entrance, "screaming, running in panic", she said.

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It's led to delays along some of the subway lines that pass beneath the bus terminal.

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

Police staged inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017, in New York City. It accommodates 220,000 passenger trips a day.

A man was charged with killing eight people and injuring a dozen others as he drove a pickup truck down a bicycle path near the World Trade Center on Halloween. He exited the vehicle and an officer shot him.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the suspect may have crafted the device from online instructions, and so far it doesn't appear to be part of a larger plot. Saipov pleaded not guilty to 22 federal counts.

Miller cited the attacks of September 11, 2001, that killed more than 2,750 people in NY and almost 3,000 people total; and the World Trade Center bombing of February 26, 1993, which killed six people.

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