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The reported male suspect is in his 20’s and is from Bangladesh, but resides in Brooklyn. Authorities have not released an image of the suspect or his name, at this time.
Police believe the suspect’s bomb–a homemade device, was attached to his body and detonated prematurely. Authorities will continue to investigate whether he acted alone or within a larger group. Three other people besides the attacker have suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to an on-air report by CNN.
Police are investigating confirmed reports of an explosion which occurred underground at the Port Authority bus terminal on Monday morning in Midtown Manhattan near Times Square.
The New York Police Department sent a Twitter alert that the explosion occurred near 42nd street and 8th Avenue. Several witnesses spoke with CNN and said that an explosion was heard around 7:45 am EST.
“From what I saw it sounded like it came from the subway, but I’m just guessing,” Francisco Ramirez 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.”
According to authorities, one person is in custody, and there are no reported deaths at this time, CNN reports. CBS New York reports that the man in custody suffered a laceration to his thigh, and is currently the only reported injury.
Several subway lines including the A,C and E train lines are currently being evacuated.
Port Authority is a massive transit hub where several thousand people commute each day. President Trump, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio have been briefed on the investigation. De Blasio is currently heading to the scene according to his office’s twitter handle.
This is a breaking story and will be updated as new information becomes available.
One Person In Custody After Explosion At Port Authority Bus Terminal In New York City was originally published on hellobeautiful.com