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Alert : New York blast was 'attempted terrorist : mayor

Alert : New York blast was 'attempted terrorist : mayor

Alert : New York blast was 'attempted terrorist : mayor

Sources say the bomb only partially detonated after malfunctioning.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the NYC mayor and the governor of New York, NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill has announced that the suspect in the Manhattan attack has been identified as Akayed Ullah, 27, adding that the man "made statements" to investigators indicating that the attack had been carried out in the name of the Daesh terrorist group, but "the question is did he claim connection to ISIS".

The scene of a pipe bomb blast beneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal has been cordoned off on December 11, 2017.

At least four people total also suffered non-life threatening injuries such as ringing in ears, headaches, and scrapes according to police officials.

Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation were conducting searches at multiple Brooklyn addresses connected to Ullah.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said a bomb in the NY subway was "one of our worst nightmares" but that the reality of the attack was that it was an "effectively low-tech device".

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident an act of terrorism.

The suspect was carrying a homemade explosive device that appeared to be a pipe bomb of some kind, officials said. Ullah is seen laying on the ground after the smoke clears.

"Terrorists won't win", he said. "Thank God our first responders were there so quickly to address the situation", de Blasio said.

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Three bystanders sustained minor injuries.

The device was attached to his body using Velcro and zip ties, NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller said.

While there is no evidence that Ullah had any contact with ISIS or other extremist groups, he told investigators he had been inspired by the group's online propaganda, a senior official told NBC. The officials spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the incident. He was in custody at Bellevue Hospital on Manhattan's east side. Police are investigating whether Ullah intended to set off the device in the walkway, or whether he had meant to do it in a busier location.

Officers rushed to the scene of Port Authority, the city's main bus terminal, at around 7:30am (12:30pm GMT) on Monday morning (11 December) following reports of an explosion.

The man accused of blowing up a bus terminal in the heart of New York City had posted a warning to United States President Donald Trump just before the attack.

"All we could hear was the chaos", she said. Andrew Cuomo tweeted, "Let's get back to our daily business".

John Miles, 28, from Vermont, was waiting for a bus to MA.

Akayed Ullah told police investigators he wanted to avenge USA airstrikes on the Islamic State group and was also inspired by Christmas terror plots in Europe - choosing the location for his attack by Christmas posters on the subway walls, U.S. media reported. "That said, since he held an FHV license, if in fact he did drive, we do know that it could not have been a yellow taxi".

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