Botched Times Square Terror Attack Injures 4; Suspect Identified ￼
UPDATED with news conference details: This morning’s Times Square bomb explosion has been declared an “attempted terrorist attack” by authorities, and the suspect identified.
Twenty-seven-year-old Akayed Ullah was wearing a “low-tech” device, strapped to his person with velcro and zip ties. He was the most seriously hurt of four injured, with burns and lacerations, when the bomb detonated in an underground passageway between two subway lines, under Port Authority Bus Terminal, at 42nd St. and Eighth Avenue. Authorities say he claims he made the incendiary device at his place of work. “This was an attempted terrorism attack,” NYC Major Bill De Blasio said at a morning presser, held outside the bus terminal. “Thank god the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goal, and thank god first responders were there so quickly to address the situation. Thank god the only injuries we know of at this point were minor.” The suspect did make a statement of allegiance, authorities confirmed when asked directly if he has declared allegiance to ISIS, but they would not elaborate. There is no other known terror-related activity reported in or around NYC, authories said. Nonetheless, De Blasio said, authorities have secured all major transit hubs and destinations in the area, adding, “New Yorkers have come to understand when they see those long guns and highly trained officers that is something that should be reassuring to you.” Three additional injuries were reported but are not life threatening; including ear ringing and severe headache, NY Police Commissioner James O’Neill Jr. told reporters. “Let’s go back to work,” NY’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo told New Yorkers via the presser. “We’re not going to allow this to disrupt us; that is exactly what they want, and exactly what they’re not going to get.” About a month and a half earlier, the three men held a presser to answer questions about the terror-related attack in Lower Manhattan.
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