New York City was shaken by an explosion Monday morning at Port Authority near Times Square that authorities link to an attempted suicide bombing.
The suspect had an explosive device strapped to him that improperly detonated preemptively, injuring him and one bystander, Fox News reports.
Preliminary reports say the suspect had two explosive devices on him, one of which exploded, injuring him.
Former NYC Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC the pipe bomber at Port Authority is 37-year-old from Bangladesh and acted in name of ISIS. He has been a Brooklyn resident for seven years. He qualified his statements by cautioning that all the information is preliminary.
NYPD responded to reports of an explosion at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue.
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. pic.twitter.com/7vpNT97iLC
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017
At least one person was injured and one is in custody, PIX 11 reported. Multiple subway lines have been evacuated and trains are bypassing Times Square and Port Authority.
— Press TV (@PressTV) December 11, 2017
Police said the man possessed a “possible second device. He was found in the subway tunnel and was described as “having wires coming out of him.”
Suspects in the incident have not been named. The White House reported President Trump has been briefed on the situation.
President Trump has been briefed on the explosion in New York City, says White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 11, 2017
BREAKING: Video of the apparently “accidental, self detonated” pipe-bomb this morning on a subway platform in NYC. You can see the man laying on the ground following the explosion. https://t.co/erXbSvcuto
— ʀaмpaʀт (@imthemadridista) December 11, 2017