Man, 27, arrested after NY bus station blast

Man, 27, arrested after NY bus station blast

NY police who responded to an explosion in Midtown Manhattan on Monday morning say that they have a male suspect in custody - and that he's the only person who was injured in the incident. The device exploded in a passageway connecting the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations just before 7:30 a.m. Police partially stripped Ullah to remove the device, the New York Times reported. He reportedly lived at an address in Brooklyn. He appears to have been wearing a low-level explosive device. He suffered burns to the hands and abdomen, and other injuries.

At least three people were hurt in the explosion that Police Commissioner James O'Neill called "terror-related". He also had a pipe bomb and battery pack on him, according to The New York Post.

Earlier, the New York Police Department had confirmed the news of explosion on Twitter. All of the injuries are non-life threatening.

The 27-year-old man believed to have set off a pipe bomb in the New York City subway came to the U.S. from Bangladesh seven years ago with a type of preferential visa for people with relatives who are USA citizens or permanent residents, according to the Associated Press, citing sources.

Asked whether the suspect has connection with the Islamic State, O'Neil said, "he did make a statement but we are not going to talk about that right now".

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President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation. Allan Fromberg, spokesman for the city Taxi and Limousine Commission, said Ullah was licensed as a for-hire driver from March 2012 through March 2015. Service should return to normal before evening rush hour, transit officials said.

Police told HuffPost they were unsure whether the reported explosion was inside the Port Authority building or the subway system. "Info is preliminary, more when available", it tweeted. As we learn more about what happened, it is a startling reminder why the "see something, say something" campaign is so important to keeping our city safe. More than 10 train lines use the location and it served 64.5 million passengers in 2016. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the perpetrator used an amateur "effectively low-tech device".

"I heard boom and saw smoke and we all started running up the steps", Bethea said.

On Oct. 31, a motorist in a rented pickup drove down a lower Manhattan bike path, killing eight people and wounding a dozen more before crashing into a school bus.

Since the terror attacks of 9/11, several attacks have rocked NY.

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