Port Authority and Times Square, the hub of New York City commuters and visitors, was scarily disrupted on Monday when an improvised explosion went off in a tunnel of a subway station.
According to the New York Police Department, one person who was wearing a pipe bomb was taken into custody after the device detonated, creating temporary chaos among passengers at 42nd street and 8th avenue around 7:20 a.m.
The suspect was in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital and three other people with injuries received treatment at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Queens, reported CNN.
An unidentified city official said the suspect acted alone, and the device he was wearing reportedly went off prematurely.
In a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio described the explosion as an attempted terrorist attack.
“Our lives revolve around the subway,” the mayor said. “The choice of New York is always for a reason, because we are beacons of the world. And we show that a society of many background and many faiths can work.”
“The terrorists want to undermine that,” he added. “They yearn to attack New York City.”
The suspect has been identified as Akayed Ullah, 27, said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
Ullah is reportedly from Bangladesh and is a resident of Brooklyn. He suffered burns to his hands and other lacerations, reported CBS.
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