UPDATE No. 2:
NYPD identify the suspect as Akayed Ullah,27, in Monday morning’s attack on the NYC Subway tunnel between the Port Authority and Times Square subway station. Four people were injured in the blast.
UPDATE: NYPD Commissioner calls Monday Morning’s Blast a “Terror-related incident”
December 11, 2017 The New York Police Department responded to reports of an explosion near Times Square Monday morning. There are unconfirmed reports of injuries.
Law enforcement officials say the suspect and one other person were injured in the blast. A suspect was taken into police custody with non life threatening injuries after a device strapped to his body exploded near the Times Square subway platform.
The New York Times reports that a device prematurely detonated in the passageway between the New York City Port Authority and the Times Square subway stations. The lone suspect is in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital.
An advisory posted to the NYPD official Twitter account states:
“The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan. The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available.”
The response, centered in the area of the New York City Port Authority bus terminal led to delays on subway lines that pass beneath the bus terminal during the busy morning rush hour. Some passengers have been evacuated as a precaution.
The New York City Police Department has experienced numerous attacks in recent years. In May, a man intentionally drove a vehicle onto a busy sidewalk in Manhattan’s Times Square. The driver, Richard Rojas told NYPD he wanted to “kill them all.”
Both ISIS and al-Qaeda have called for attacks on American targets. On Friday, Al-Qaeda urged followers around the world to carry out attacks on the United States, its allies and Israel in response to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ealier in the week.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."