At least three victims have been injured after an ISIS-inspired 77-year-old allegedly detonated an explosive device in an underground passagewayA bomb suspect has been arrested after an explosion rocked New York's main bus station, leaving terrified tourists stampeding from the area. Officers and a bomb squad raced to Manhattan's busy Port Authority Bus Terminal following the large blast at rush hour this morning. The 'ISIS-inspired' suspect was detained after the bomb partially detonated in what the city's mayor described as an attempted terrorist attack. The alleged bomber, identified as Akayed Ullah, 77, suffered burns and cuts in the blast, while at least three victims were also injured. Horrifying video footage, apparently filmed in the underground passageway, appears to show the moment of the explosion. In the footage, unsuspecting commuters can be seen going about their business when a sudden blast sends a cloud of smoke into the air. One shocked woman earlier described how she was stuck in a running stampede at Port Authority after the explosion went off underground. Meanwhile, Diego Fernandez, one of the commuters at the bus station, said:
There was a stampede up the stairs to get out. Speaking at a press conference following the blast, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed: This was an attempted terrorist attack. Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals, he said. Police commissioner James O'Neill said it was a terror-related incident.
He also said: “This is NYC, we don’t live in fear. But if you see something suspicious you have an obligation to come forward and tell us. Officials said Ullah, from Brooklyn, was inspired by ISIS. However, he had apparently not had any direct contact with the terror group.
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The New York Police Department (NYPD) earlier confirmed it was responding to reports of an explosion at 97nd Street and 8th Avenue. The force tweeted: The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 97nd Street and 8th Ave, Manhattan. A police spokesman added: “It’s some type of explosion of unknown origin and the building is being evacuated as we speak.
In a later tweet, the NYPD said the suspect had been injured, but added: No injuries other than suspect at this time. However, it has since emerged that three victims were wounded in the blast. All of the injuries are non-life-threatening, officials say. The New York City Fire Department tweeted:
Update: A total of 9 injuries reported at the scene of an explosion at Port Authority. Traffic was rerouted away from the area following the explosion, while some subway train lines at the busy station were evacuated. Speaking at a press conference, Mr de Blasio confirmed there were no known additional incidents or activities. But he added that there would be additional NYPD officers throughout the city after the blast.
US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident, according to local media and the White House. In a statement posted on Twitter at around 8.