NYC Police Confirm 'Terror-Related Incident' at Times Square

By Susan Jones | December 11, 2017 | 10:20am EST
Emergency vehicles line the streets of Times Square in New York City on Dec. 11, 2017. (Photo: Screen capture from BBC footage)

(CNSNews.com) - At 7:20 Monday morning, with rush hour in full swing in New York City, police say 27-year-old Akayed Ullah detonated an "improvised low-tech explosive device" that was strapped to his body.

He intentionally detonated the device in an underground walkway connecting several subway lines near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square.

The suspect, reportedly a Bangladeshi national, and several bystanders suffered minor injuries, police said at a mid-morning news conference.

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill called it a "terror-related incident." He said Akayed Ullah was taken to the hospital in police custody.

Mayor Bill DiBlasio said the idea of attacks on the New York City subway are "incredibly unsettling."

"Let's be also clear, this was an attempted terrorist attack. Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals," the mayor said. "At this point in time, all we know of is one individual who, thank God, was unsuccessful in his aims."

Police are asking anyone with information about the suspect to call the New York City terror hotline.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it's no surprise that New York remains a target by many people who want to make a statement "against democracy, against freedom."

And Cuomo noted that with the Internet, "anyone can download "garbage and vileness" on how to assemble explosives.

"And that is the reality that we live with," the governor said. He added that 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."

"The last thing I want this guy to hear is, 'You  have the right to remain silent," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News several hours after the attack. "He should be held as an enemy combatant. I want to hold him under the law of war and gather intelligence."

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