'Attempted terrorist attack' hits one of the busiest parts of Manhattan

'Attempted terrorist attack' hits one of the busiest parts of Manhattan

'Attempted terrorist attack' hits one of the busiest parts of Manhattan

A man wearing an "improvised, low-tech explosive device" that was detonated this morning (Dec. 11) beneath New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal, a major Manhattan transit hub, has been identified as as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.

Police are investigating the cause of the explosion, which is believed to have happened below ground around 7:30 a.m.

Four people have been injured in a blast at a subway station in the heart of Manhattan, in what the mayor of NY said was an "attempted terrorist attack". The officials said he lives in Brooklyn and may be of Bangladeshi descent. They said Ullah reached for his phone, but stopped after officers commanded him to do so. That brother lives in the same apartment building as Ullah, according to law enforcement.

NY police commissioner James O'Neill said the 27-year-old suspect had strapped the explosive device to his body.

Mr Cuomo said the attacker apparently used the internet to obtain information on how to make a bomb.

"All we could hear was the chaos", she said.

"As taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers are independent contractors and not employees, I have no way of knowing whether he drove for any particular base, or whether he simply got the license but didn't drive at all", Fromberg said. He intentionally detonated that device.

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How bomb was made: According to a senior NY law enforcement official and a city official being briefed on the investigation, Ullah told police he made the device at his workplace.

CNN reports that Ullah told investigators that he carried out the attack in response to Israeli actions in the Gaza strip. The suspect was upset, in his words, with the "incursion into Gaza", the source said, but did not elaborate on what incursion he may have been alluding to. Tensions have been particularly high in the region of late in part because of President Donald Trump's recent decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, formally recognizing the city as the capital of Israel and Israeli property.

When asked if the suspect claimed to be connected with ISIS, the NYPD commissioner said Ullah "made statements" but would not confirm whether the bombing is linked to the terror group.

- Authorities are conducting background checks on Ullah.

According to MSNBC, citing former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, the preliminary information suggests the suspect is in his 20s, possibly from Bangladesh, living in the U.S. for seven years, "who supposedly was setting the device off in the name of Daesh".

- Neighbors told Butrico they had heard fighting and yelling at Ullah's home during the past two nights. He was in custody at Bellevue Hospital on Manhattan's east side. He is being treated for lacerations and burns to his hands and abdomen.

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