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'Boom' Then Smoke: Witness Describes Underground Blast Near Port Authority Bus Terminal


The explosion took place in Midtown at an intersection near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday morning. Ullah has been taken into custody and is being treated for burns and lacerations at a Bellevue Hospital in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan.

- The suspect wore an "improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body".

- The suspect was first spotted on a security camera as he began to climb the subway station stairs to the 18th Avenue F. train platform in Brooklyn at 6:25 a.m., according to one law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was indicted last month on murder and terror-related charges, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY said. All injuries are non-life-threatening.

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".

The incident has sent commuters into a frenzy and many New Yorkers seemed to be disturbed by the disrupted rush hour transit than the explosion.




Police told HuffPost they were unsure whether the reported explosion was inside the Port Authority building or the subway system.

According to New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, this was an attempted terror attack.

The 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 lines are bypassing the Times Square station. "Info is preliminary, more when available", it tweeted.

The weapon used in Monday's attack was "amateur-level", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference near the explosion site. "It was scary. It was just a lot of chaos but I didn't see any injuries".

The incident was the second in the fourth quarter of the year that New York City saw one individual conducted terror attack in the busiest areas of Manhattan.

Officials said the attempted bombing underscored New York City's status as a target for such attacks, citing the attacks of September 11, 2001, which killed more than 2,750 people in New York and almost 3,000 people in all, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six people.

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