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ISIS-Inspired Muslim Suspect In Custody After NYC Pipe Bomb Terrorist Attack: Live Feed

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A 27 year old Bangladeshi national was taken into custody with serious injuries after a suspected pipe bomb he was carrying malfunctioned and exploded prematurely inside a Midtown Manhattan subway station Monday morning. The explosion happened around 7:20am, in an underground tunnel linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Times Square. The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the largest in the country and the busiest in the world – serving about 225,000 commuters a day.  It’s what’s known by law enforcement officials as a ‘soft target’ because it handles a lot of traffic but doesn’t have the same kind of security as a place like an airport.

The suspect, identified as Akayed Ullah, was found injured at the scene and rushed to Bellevue Hospital. He was wearing what appears to be a homemade pipe bomb attacked to his body with velcro and zip ties.  Authorities say Ullah is talking to investigators at the hospital.  Three other people also reported to local hospitals for minor injuries like ringing in the ears and headaches. 

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the suspect ‘supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS’ and that it was ‘definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended’.

At a morning press conference, current NYPD Commission James O’Neill said that the suspect ‘did make statements’ but that they are not going to comment on them yet. Though it’s still early in the investigation, New York City officials say it was definitely an attempted terror attack. ‘This was an attempted terror attack and thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

CNN reports that it appears the Subway was not the intended target of the pipe bomb, and that it may have went off prematurely.  They also learned that the device was homemade and could have caused catastrophic damage if it went off as intended.

Commissioner O’Neill said that they have obtained CCTV footage of the attack, but they have not detailed yet what it shows. 

New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo said a bombing in the subway is ‘one of our worst nightmares’ – but he said New Yorkers will get through this as they have before on 9/11 and even the most recent terror attack on Halloween.

‘This is the New York. The reality is we are the target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy and against freedom. We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbor and that makes us an international target.

‘We understand that anyone can go on the internet and download garbage and vileness on how to put together an amateur-level explosive device and that is the reality that we live with.

‘The counter reality is that this is New York and we all pitch together and we are a savvy people and we keep our eyes open and that’s what ‘see something, say something’ is all about. And we have the best law enforcement on the globe and we’re all working together extraordinarily well,’ Gov. Cuomo said. 

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Update 4: The NYPD is significantly stepping up security around the city, as a result of 3 civilians suffering minor injures during the explosion.  Separately, the terrorist suspect Is now at bellevue Hospital, with serious injuries. Meanwhile, the NYPD and FBI have arrived at the suspects home in Brooklyn.

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Update 3: The New York Post reports, an ISIS-inspired Bangladeshi national set off an homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station Monday morning, law enforcement sources said.

The suspected bomber – a 27-year-old who lived in Brooklyn – had wires attached to him and was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub, sources said. Two law enforcement sources have identified the suspect as Ullah Akayed.

Police took the man into custody.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the man was inspired by ISIS and originally from Bangladesh.

There was at least one injury and the wounded was the suspect. The man, who was seriously injured, was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Investigators briefly spoke to the man, who told them he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works.


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Update 2 : The Terrorist in NYC attack is injured and in custody. Bomb exploded prematurely. The suspect is a Muslim man from Brooklyn, east Flatbush area, Investigators are on the way to his home, for further investigations.

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A clip of the moment an alleged pipe bomb exploded at Port Authority around 6:30am on Monday morning has been released.

Meanwhile, according to Sarah Sanders, president Trump has been briefed on the explosion.

Also, according to a report that conflicts with previous news, the suspect’s explosive vest went off prematurely at Port Authority, resulting in the death of the suspect.

However this has been promptly refuted, and we now know that the attack is being treated as a possible terror attack:

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The latest developments:

  • PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL EXPLOSION CAUSED BY PIPE BOMB. FEW INJURIES, SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: ABC7
  • FEW INJURIES AFTER THE EXPLOSION TOOK PLACE BELOW GROUND AT PORT AUTHORITY
  • POLICE SOURCE TELL NY1 SUSPECT WAS WEARING AN EXPLOSIVE VEST: BBG
  • PORT AUTHORITY SUSPECT HAD POSSIBLE SECOND DEVICE; IN CUSTODY: PIX11
  • THE POLICE HAVE VIDEO AND ARE CONFIDENT THE SITUATION IS CONTAINED

 

The person in custody has been confirmed by CNN:

 

As the Daily Mail notes, the first explosion was felt around 6:30am Monday morning in a Subway station near the Port Authority bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan, just blocks from Times Square. 

The FDNY said they located a device near the passageway between the A and 1 trains, and that it’s possible this was a terror attack.  Police have taken one man into custody who was wearing a device with wires on him.  Law enforcement agencies have responded to the scene and have set up a perimeter around the area.

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One person is reportedly in custody after an underground explosion – which some speculated as a pipe bomb – took place at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

According to the NYPD News twitter feed, the New York Police Department responded to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at Port Authority, located 42nd Street and 8th Ave, in Manhattan, while the A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time.

According to NBC News, the explosion has been confirmed…

… and Reuters adds that the New York Fire Department is likewise responding to an “incident” at Port Authority in New York City.

A WPIX reporter notes that the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 train are bypassing 42 St. reports of explosion underground near 42nd and 8th Ave.

She also notes that at least one person was in custody following the explosion:

Good Morning America confirmed both the pipe bomb and custody aspects of the story.

Witness describe a “stampede” following the explosion at Port Authority.

1 COMMENT

  1. Oh yea we are ok, let’s bring in more of the people that want to kill us. Only makes sense to liberal fools. You got to ask; “Who is next?” (who’s kids).

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