New York 'bomb' prematurely exploded at Manhattan subway platform - UPDATED

New York 'bomb' prematurely exploded at Manhattan subway platform - UPDATED
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A bomb has prematurely exploded on a Manhattan subway platform leaving four people injured in a suspected-Isil-inspired attack, APA reported citing The Telegraph.

 

The suspected bomber is a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who has lived in the US for seven years. 

 

The unnamed man, who lived in Brooklyn, was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through a midtown Manhattan transit hub, sources told the New York Post.

 

The device prematurely exploded which meant it only partially detonated in the right side of the suspect's jacket.   

 

The suspect, who is thought to have been seriously injured in the attack, told officials he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works, according to the New York Post.

 

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17:58

 

An explosion struck the Port Authority bus terminal at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue on Monday morning, the New York Police Department said in a tweet.

 

The station is one of the busiest commuter hubs during rush hour, APA reported citing CNN.

 

The A, C and E subway lines are being evacuated, NYPD Sgt. Brendan Ryan said.

 

One person is in custody, according to two NYPD sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

 

Preliminary information, according to two law enforcement sources, one local and one federal, indicates a pipe bomb may have unintentionally exploded. The person in custody appears to be injured, according to the federal law enforcement source.

 

Another New York police source says a man in custody may have set off a device, injuring himself.

 

Francisco Ramirez said he heard two explosions as he was exiting a bus about 7:45 a.m. ET. He heard both blasts distinctly even though he was wearing headphones.

 

"From what I saw it sounded like it came from the subway, but I'm just guessing," he said. "It was two distinct explosions seconds from each other. As I was making my way toward the outside, I kept getting shoved by cops and there were cops at every entrance blocking and there was police and SWAT everywhere.

 

"It was scary. It was just a lot of chaos but I didn't see any injuries."

 

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17:27

 

New York City Police say they are responding to reports of an explosion at a bus terminal in Manhattan, APA reported citing BBC News.

 

The incident reportedly happened on Monday morning at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square.

 

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

 

"The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available."

 

 

Ceyhun Aliyev

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