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Times Square Terrorist Planned Attack For Years, Told Police “Motive Was Revenge”

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Update (12:30 pm ET): Akayed Ullah, the 27-year-old would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device underground near the Port Authority Bus Terminal this morning – an attack that was timed to coincide with morning rush hour foot traffic – told investigators that he carried out the attack to mete out revenge on America, which he blamed for bombings in his home country, according to the New York Post.

The Post added that Ullah was an NYC cab driver until recently, when his licensed lapsed and he neglected to renew it. Ullah told authorities in sum and substance from his hospital bed: “They’ve been bombing in my country and I wanted to do damage here,” sources said. Ullah attached two pipe bombs to his person using velcro and zip ties.

The bombing occurred around 7:20 am inside the subway passageway between West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue and West 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue. Ullah suffered burns to his hands and abdomen, along with lacerations. He injured three others who were in proximity to him, and ?was ?quickly taken into custody and ?transported ?to Bellevue Hospital.

According to authorities, Ullah has reportedly been planning the attack for years.

UPDATE MANHATTAN: The NYC terror suspect is believe to have been planning the attempted Terrorist attack for years near Times Square.

— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) December 11, 2017

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A 27-year-old Bangladeshi national was taken into custody with serious injuries after a suspected pipe bomb he was carrying malfunctioned and exploded prematurely inside a Midtown Manhattan subway station Monday morning. The explosion happened around 7:20am, in an underground tunnel linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Times Square.

The suspect, Akayed Ullah, wore the device that went off shortly after 7 a.m., Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a news conference near the scene. Ullah suffered serious burns, while other victims had minor injuries, he said. In the sprawling Times Square station, the city’s busiest, a “low, muffled sound” was heard when the bomb detonated, according to the New York Times. It went off in a walkway that runs underground between Seventh and Eighth avenues that connects the lettered subway lines, the A, C and E, with the numbered lines, the 1, 2, and 3.

“You can tell that it was not normal commuter noise,” said Roxanne Malaspina, 50, an employee in Bloomberg LP’s legal department. She had just gotten off the A train when she heard the explosion and joined a crowd running further into the station to catch a train away from the area. “It created a little bit of a panic in that underground passageway,” Malaspina said. “It’s not like normal commuter chaos.”

The Port Authority Bus Terminal where the explosion took place, is the largest in the country and the busiest in the world – serving about 225,000 commuters a day.  It's what's known by law enforcement officials as a 'soft target' because it handles a lot of traffic but doesn't have the same kind of security as a place like an airport.

The terrorist was found injured at the scene and rushed to Bellevue Hospital. He was wearing what appears to be a homemade pipe bomb attacked to his body with velcro and zip ties.  Authorities say Ullah is talking to investigators at the hospital.  Three other people also reported to local hospitals for minor injuries like ringing in the ears and headaches. 

Video surveillance captured the explosion. It showed a crowd of commuters trudging forward toward the camera when a cloud of smoke and dust bursts into the picture. As the cloud fills the screen, dozens of commuters run. One person falls to the floor, apparently injured.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC's Morning Joe that the suspect 'supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS' and that it was 'definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended'.

At a morning press conference, current NYPD Commission James O'Neill said that the suspect 'did make statements' but that they are not going to comment on them yet. Though it's still early in the investigation, New York City officials say it was definitely an attempted terror attack. 'This was an attempted terror attack and thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals,' Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

CNN reports that it appears the Subway was not the intended target of the pipe bomb, and that it may have went off prematurely.  They also learned that the device was homemade and could have caused catastrophic damage if it went off as intended.

Commissioner O'Neill said that they have obtained CCTV footage of the attack, but they have not detailed yet what it shows. 

The attack was the second on New Yorkers in six weeks, coming after a man in a rented truck drove up a crowded bike path on Halloween. Monday’s explosion came at the height of Christmas season, when the city is filled with daytrippers and tourists expecting a fairytale Manhattan.

New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo said a bombing in the subway is 'one of our worst nightmares' – but he said New Yorkers will get through this as they have before on 9/11 and even the most recent terror attack on Halloween.

'This is the New York. The reality is we are the target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy and against freedom. We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbor and that makes us an international target.

'We understand that anyone can go on the internet and download garbage and vileness on how to put together an amateur-level explosive device and that is the reality that we live with.

'The counter reality is that this is New York and we all pitch together and we are a savvy people and we keep our eyes open and that's what 'see something, say something' is all about. And we have the best law enforcement on the globe and we're all working together extraordinarily well,' Gov. Cuomo said. 

The Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is connected to the Times Square station by a tunnel, closed. Subway lines were delayed and bypassing Times Square, and PATH trains were accepting bus riders.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the incident, according to spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The motivation for the Monday blast was unclear.

After the Halloween attack, Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant from Paterson, New Jersey, was charged with terrorism. Eight people died, including five visitors from Argentina, and 12 were injured when a rental truck that authorities said Saipov drove plowed them over on a West Side Highway bike path. Saipov was shot by police but is expected to survive.

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Update 4: The NYPD is significantly stepping up security around the city, as a result of 3 civilians suffering minor injures during the explosion. Separately, the terrorist suspect Is now at Bellevue Hospital, with serious injuries.

PICTURED: suspected bomber being wheeled onto a ambulance after the explosion

— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 11, 2017

Authorities released the following photo of the bomber:

Meanwhile, the NYPD and FBI have arrived at the suspects home in Brooklyn.

PHOTOS. NYPD and FBI at the suspects home in Brooklyn.

— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 11, 2017

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Update 3: The New York Post reports, an ISIS-inspired Bangladeshi national set off an homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station Monday morning, law enforcement sources said.

The suspected bomber – a 27-year-old who lived in Brooklyn – had wires attached to him and was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub, sources said. Two law enforcement sources have identified the suspect as Ullah Akayed.

Police took the man into custody.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the man was inspired by ISIS and originally from Bangladesh.

There was at least one injury and the wounded was the suspect. The man, who was seriously injured, was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Investigators briefly spoke to the man, who told them he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works.

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Update 2 : The Terrorist in NYC attack is injured and in custody. Bomb exploded prematurely. The suspect is a Muslim man from Brooklyn, east Flatbush area, Investigators are on the way to his home, for further investigations.

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A clip of the moment an alleged pipe bomb exploded at Port Authority around 6:30am on Monday morning has been released.


— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 11, 2017

Meanwhile, according to Sarah Sanders, president Trump has been briefed on the explosion.

Also, according to a report that conflicts with previous news, the suspect’s explosive vest went off prematurely at Port Authority, resulting in the death of the suspect.

Breaking from @DeanMeminger on @NY1: suspect’s explosive vest went off prematurely at Port Authority — suspect is dead.

— Jamie Stelter (@JamieStelter) December 11, 2017

However this has been promptly refuted, and we now know that the attack is being treated as a possible terror attack:

UPDATE: The NYPD says the suspect, still in custody, has not died.

— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 11, 2017

UPDATE: the suspect is man from Brooklyn, east Flatbush area, Investigators are on the way to his home, for further investigations

— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 11, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: NYPD and FBI are investigating the explosion in Manhattan as a possible terror attack.

— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 11, 2017

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The latest developments:



— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) December 11, 2017


— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) December 11, 2017

The person in custody has been confirmed by CNN:

One person is in custody relating to the incident near Port Authority in NYC, @brynnCNN reports

— Breaking News (@NewsOnTheMin) December 11, 2017

As the Daily Mail notes, the first explosion was felt around 6:30am Monday morning in a Subway station near the Port Authority bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan, just blocks from Times Square. 

The FDNY said they located a device near the passageway between the A and 1 trains, and that it's possible this was a terror attack.  Police have taken one man into custody who was wearing a device with wires on him.  Law enforcement agencies have responded to the scene and have set up a perimeter around the area.

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One person is reportedly in custody after an underground explosion – which some speculated as a pipe bomb – took place at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

According to the NYPD News twitter feed, the New York Police Department responded to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at Port Authority, located 42nd Street and 8th Ave, in Manhattan, while the A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time.

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.

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017

According to NBC News, the explosion has been confirmed…

JUST IN: New York City officials confirm there has been an explosion near 42nd street and 8th Avenue, cause not yet clear

— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 11, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Something going on at #PortAuthorityBusTerminal. Almost got trampled in the rush of people trying to get out. Heard people talking about possible #explosion.

— Pete Sayek (@PeteRFNY) December 11, 2017

… and Reuters adds that the New York Fire Department is likewise responding to an "incident" at Port Authority in New York City.

BREAKING: New York Fire Department says responding to an incident at Port Authority in New York City

— Reuters U.S. News (@ReutersUS) December 11, 2017

A WPIX reporter notes that the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 train are bypassing 42 St. reports of explosion underground near 42nd and 8th Ave.

#commuteralert 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 train are bypassing 42 St. reports of explosion underground near 42nd and 8th Ave. @PIX11News

— Kala Rama (@KalaRamaTV) December 11, 2017

She also notes that at least one person was in custody following the explosion:

#BREAKING One person in custody after underground explosion near A C E subway line at Port Authority. Nature of explosion and or device unknown right now. Area evacuated. @PIX11News

— Anthony DiLorenzo (@ADiLorenzoTV) December 11, 2017

Good Morning America confirmed both the pipe bomb and custody aspects of the story.

LIVE: @ABC News Special Report: Possible pipe bomb detonated in passageway below ground at Port Authority in NYC, police sources say.

— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 11, 2017

Witness describe a "stampede" following the explosion at Port Authority.

I am safe in my office. Had to sprint from port authority due to an explosion. everyone be safe

— Drama (@YourDreams28) December 11, 2017

holy fuck. just was stuck in a running stampede at port authority bus terminal due to bomb scare. cops EVERYWHERE

— chels (@chelsea) December 11, 2017

Port authority subway in NYC closed, bomb squad units outside several block perimeter…

— GN4GN.COM (@GN4GN_COM) December 11, 2017

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