- An explosion was felt Monday morning in the Subway station underneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan
- Police have taken one man into custody, who was reportedly carrying a pipe bomb
- The suspect is a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who has been living in the U.S. for seven years
- Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the suspect 'supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS' and that it was 'definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended'
- CNN reports that the bomb detonated prematurely, injuring the suspect
- The FDNY says four people were injured and all the injuries were non-life-threatening
- The incident happened just days after President Trump sparked demonstrations across the world by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital city
- One of the largest demonstrations took place in Muslim-majority Bangladesh
Published: 07:53 EST, 11 December 2017 | Updated: 09:34 EST, 11 December 2017
A 27-year-old Bangladeshi national has been 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.
Commuters said they felt a blast in the Subway tunnels underneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal around 7:30am. The bus terminal is a major transit hub for people commuting to and from New Jersey by bus, and is located just a block from Times Square.
Police have taken one man into custody, who was wearing a pipe bomb with wires and a battery back, a source told the New York Post. He was injured when the bomb malfunctioned, but is alive and in stable condition, according to the FDNY.
The FDNY says a total of four people were injured and that the injuries were non-life-threatening. The injured count includes the suspect.
While the suspect has not been identified by name, the Post reports that he is 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who lives in Brooklyn and has been in the U.S. for seven years.
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'.
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A suspect has been taken into custody after an explosion at the Port Authority subway station in New York City Monday morning. The suspect has been identified as a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national (pictured above)
There are reports of a possible terror attack in New York City
Port Authority remained entirely closed off on Monday morning at 9am. Above, the entrance at 8th Avenue and 41st Street
Firefighters at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue on Monday morning after an explosion in the Port Authority bus terminal transit tunnel
An NYPD police officer stands in front of gathered fire fighters outside the Port Authority terminal as commuters walk around them
Panicked commuters piled on to escalators to get out of the station after the explosion which occurred just after 7.30am
An NYPD van parked outside the Port Authority entrance at 8th Avenue and 41st Street on Monday morning
An area of several blocks was in lockdown immediately after the incident, sparking commuter chaos and confusion among others trying to navigate the busy Manhattan streets
Armed NYPD officers at the scene on Monday morning await instruction after the suspect was taken away
An ambulance near the scene of the explosion on Monday morning. The only reported injured person is the suspect
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.
The Port Authority is the largest in the country and the busiest in the world – serving about 225,000 commuters a day.
Video from above the 'Crossroads of the World' showed lines of police and emergency vehicles, their lights flashing, lining the streets and no other vehicle traffic moving.
Everything around the Port Authority in the 42nd Street area was shut down – a surreal scene of still at what would ordinarily be a bustling rush hour.
New Jersey Transit buses headed to the Port Authority were diverting to other locations following the explosion.
NJ Transit says buses are taking passengers to Secaucus and Hoboken. From there, they can take trains or PATH into the city.
Trains, PATH, light rail and ferries are honoring bus tickets into New York.
An explosion was felt in the Subway station underneath the Port Authority bus terminal Monday morning
Police have taken one man into custody who was wearing a device on him. So far the suspect is the only reported injury
Dozens of fire fighters flocked to the explosion site. They were matched in numbers by NYPD officers
Commuters were still rushing out of the station at shortly after 8am. The explosion was reported at 7.30am
This was the chaotic scene at the Port Authority bus station on Monday morning as commuters fled the explosion
The Port Authority bus terminal is a major transit hub in Midtown Manhattan
Dozens of ambulances were on the scene but its unclear if there were more casualties
NYPD sources say the suspect is Bangladeshi and has been in the US for seven years.
His motivation has not been established yet but it comes on the heels of a Muslim day of rage in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, last week where thousands of Muslims protested over President Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The decision – which breaks with decades of tradition in international policy – has drawn widespread criticism from Muslims and Christians around the world.
Previous presidents have refrained from such direct involvement in the Middle East's historic conflict but Trump proudly waded in. Moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was a campaign promise which he now boasts about fulfilling.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Monday morning that the president had been briefed on the situation.
The scene on Monday morning as NYPD officers and fire fighters continued to work at the scene
Commuters carried on amid the chaos which unfolded in one of Manhattan's busiest spots for tourists and residents alike
Port Authority Police were also on hand in addition to NYPD officers. They ushered commuters out of the building
Commuters marched out onto 8th Avenue shortly after 8am. They came off buses which were already on their way when the explosion occurred
There was a variety of NYPD vehicles at the scene shortly after the explosion
In the tunnel which runs between the bus terminal and Penn Station, there was chaos and confusion
There were few commuters at Penn Station after the incident. Trains are now bypassing Times Square and Port Authority while investigators continue to work at the scene
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