Explosion at Port Authority Bus Terminal

Police respond to the explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan

He intentionally detonated that device.

On MSNBC, former New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton said the suspect is in his mid-20s, is possibly from Bangladesh and "was supposedly setting the device off in the name of ISIS", according to preliminary information from his police sources. The explosion has reportedly been recorded on surveillance cameras, and the suspect is believed to be in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital.

Officers rushed to the scene of Port Authority, the city's main bus terminal, at around 7:30am (12:30pm GMT) on Monday morning (11 December) following reports of an explosion. The 7:30 a.m. blast filled the passageway, crowded with throngs of Monday morning commuters, with smoke. Four injuries have been reported. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said several train lines were skipping stops at 42nd Street as a result of the explosion. The bomb was strapped to Ullah with zip ties and velcro; the blast injured Ullah and three other civilians in the terminal at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. The joint terror task force is conducting a background investigation into the suspect.

The incident occurred less than two months after an Uzbek immigrant killed eight people by speeding a rental truck down a New York City bike path, in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.

There is no other immediate threat, according to the mayor. Police later said a pipe bomb is suspected, adding that the man appeared to be wearing a low-level explosive under his clothes.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident an act of terrorism. "Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals". The officials spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.

Police Commissioner Paul O'Neill said the suspect "made statements" regarding terror group Isis but declined to comment further.

Police were not yet identifying the device used. A police officer is holding the man's hands behind his back.

The explosion triggered a massive emergency response by police and fire both above and below ground, tangling subway and bus service at the nearby Port Authority bus terminal.

"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. "That said, since he held an FHV license, if in fact he did drive, we do know that it could not have been a yellow taxi". "We could hear people yelling, 'Get out!"

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