New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the explosion that took place on Monday morning near Times Square was “an attempted terrorist attack.” The explosion was likely caused by a pipe bomb. A suspect is in custody.

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Police and emergency forces rushed to the Port Authority bus terminal at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue near Times Square on Monday morning in response to reports of an explosion. A man who is believed to be a suspect has been arrested. Four people, including the suspect, reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries due to the explosion.

According to CBS News, the suspect is from Bangladesh. CBS News and other media outlets in the US are reporting that he had another explosive device on him. The nearby A, C and E subway lines were evacuated due to the incident.







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New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, a Brooklyn resident of Bangladeshi descent. He reportedly set off a pipe bomb that was strapped to him in a subway near Times Square.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio explained that the explosion was an attempted terror attack. “Let’s be clear – this was an attempted terrorist attack,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals. Our first responders were there quickly and the only injuries we know of right now are minor.”