Four injured in New York City blast, suspect nabbed
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 15, 2017,
Dec 15, 2017, 0:48
"The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan", tweeted the police department. At around 7:20 a.m. local time, a 27-year-old man, who had an improvised, low-tech explosive device attached to his body, intentionally detonated the device, injuring himself and three others, New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neil said at a press conference held near the scene.
"The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time", New York Police Department said in a statement on Twitter, adding that "Info is preliminary".
Police, who have labelled it an attempted terror attack, say Ullah was inspired by the Islamic State, but had apparently not had any direct contact with the terror group.
The man and the other person were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Elrana Peralta, a Greyhound customer service worker at the terminal, said she did not hear the explosion.
Four people were injured in a blast that rocked a subway station in the heart of Manhattan, in what New York's mayor said was an "attempted terrorist attack". The subway entrance on Eighth Avenue is closed. The hub is an entry point for more than 200,000 bus and other commuters each work day.
"Could have been a lot worse", a federal law enforcement source told CNN.
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According to the NYPD, one person is in custody. According to O'Neill, police are trying to determine if the hallway is where Ullah meant to detonate the device.
"It was scary. It was just a lot of chaos but I didn't see any injuries".
John Miles was waiting for a bus to MA when he saw police bounding through the massive facility.
The incident was caught on the bus terminal's surveillance cameras.
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.
Ullah had a black cab/limousine driver's license from 2012 to 2015, after which it expired, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission said.