New York’s Time Square was on Monday thrown into confusion after a suicide bomb went off at a nearby subway station in what is believed to be a terrorist attack.
Police said the bomb, a body-worn improvised device, was detonated in the subway’s passageway under below the Port Authority bus terminal.
A 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant who lives in Brooklyn, Akayed Ullah, has been identified as suspect, as he suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast.
No fewer than three people are believed to have suffered minor injuries. Meanwhile, the busy terminal near Times Square has been evacuated and the area is closed off to traffic while counter-terror police officers and fire vehicles have descended on the area.
The suspect — who had the device affixed to his body by velcro and zipties, according to police — was being treated for wounds and burns at Bellevue Hospital.
“He did make statements but we’re not going to talk about that right now,” NYPD Commissioner, James O’Neill said at a press conference after the Monday morning incident in a subway passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Authorities said it was unclear if the man planned for the device to explode where it did or if he had another target.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said it appeared the suspect acted alone.
“All we know of is one individual who thank god was unsuccessful in his aims,” de Blasio said.