NEW YORK – a man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set out from the raw device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.
The man and three others were treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what the mayor and the police with the label of an attempt to terror.
The explosion happened in an underground passage under 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. The 7:30 to blast caused smoke to fill the corridor was crowded with throngs of Monday morning commuters.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O’neill, who labelled it an attempt to terror.
“Thank God the offender has not reached his ultimate goal,” de Blasio said.
The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.
Law enforcement officials said that he was inspired by the Islamic State group, but apparently had no direct contact with the group. Officials said he lives in Brooklyn and can be of Bengali origin. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the blast.
Authorities say that the bomb was a low-tech explosive device connected to the man with the Velcro and plastic straps. They examined how it was made.
A photo, published by the New York Post showed a man with a beard, crumpled on the ground with his shirt apparently blown and black soot on his bare midriff. The police, the man has his hands behind his back.
The explosion caused a massive emergency response by the police and the fire brigade, both above and below the ground, not in the knot, metro, and bus service from the nearby Port Authority bus terminal.
Fire officials said that the defendant had burns on his hands and abodmen. The others who were injured suffered ringing in the ears and headaches.
Elrana Peralta, a customer service employee for Greyhound, said she works in the Port Authority terminal complex in the vicinity of where the explosion happened, but didn’t hear the explosion.
“The only thing we could hear was the chaos,” she said. “We heard people screaming, ‘Get out! Get out! Get out!'”
John Miles, 28, from Vermont, was waiting on a bus to Massachusetts. Also he did not hear the explosion but saw the police respond.
“I didn’t know what was going on. Officers were running around. I was freaking out,” he said. There was an announcement that the people their bags to leave. “They are not inciting panic. It was fairly orderly.”
Video above “the Crossroads of the World” showed lines of police and emergency vehicles, their lights flashing, along the streets and no other vehicle in the traffic to move.
Everything around the Port Authority area was closed off — a surreal scene, even in what would normally be a busy rush hour.
New Jersey Transit buses on the way to the Port Authority were emigrating to other locations. NJ Transit said buses taking passengers to Secaucus and Hoboken, where they could the trains in the city.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Donald Trump had been informed about the explosion.
Associated Press writer Jake Pearson contributed to this report.