'Attempted terrorist attack' rattles NY's Port Authority transportation hub

Posted December 15, 2017

Police have identified the suspect in an explosion in NY as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year old Bangladeshi native who now lives in Brooklyn. He was hospitalized with burns to his abdomen and hands, police said. At least three other people have reported injuries.

Surveillance video showed a flash and loud noises echoing in the tunnel just before 7:30 a.m. Commuters fled as the suspect's body was motionless.

"This was an attempted terrorist attack", Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters more than two hours after the explosion.

"The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan", tweeted the police department.

"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".

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Ullah told investigators he planned the attack because of Israeli actions in Gaza, authorities said.

A New Jersey native & Rutgers University graduate who firmly believes it's better to be lucky than good. Ullah entered the USA with his parents and three to four siblings in February 2011 on an immigrant visa, sources tell CBS News.

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The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission said that he had a black cab/limousine driver's license from 2012 to 2015, which had expired.

"I was going through the turnstile", he said. "When we hear of an attack in the subways, it is incredibly unsettling", de Blasio said. "Get out! Get out!'"

All MTA trains are bypassing the Port Authority and 42 St. stops as police investigated the incident.

Then there was an announcement for travelers to take their luggage and leave.

Marlyn Yu Sherlock was at a retail store on the main floor of the terminal when people began flooding out of the subway entrance, "screaming, running in panic", she said. "It was fairly orderly".

Local news channel WABC quoted police sources as saying a possible pipe bomb detonated in a passageway below ground at Port Authority.

Aerial footage from the scene showed police cruisers, emergency vehicles and hundreds of police and fire personnel in the street outside the terminal.

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