NEW YORK — A man who was carrying what police described as a pipe bomb, and possibly an explosive device strapped on his body, was injured when it exploded in the subway system in the Times Square area during the busy Monday morning rush hour commute. The suspect is reportedly an immigrant from Bangladesh and lives in Brooklyn. He was taken into custody and rushed to the hospital.
It happened around 7:30 a.m. in the subway system in the area of the 42nd Street Station at 8th Ave, in Manhattan. The A, C and E line were being evacuated as police searched for any additional explosives. The nearby Port Authority Bus Terminal was also being evacuated.
The blast apparently happened in an underground passageway between two subway lines. Fox 5 News reported that it appeared that the device detonated prematurely. Police said that they have very clear surveillance video of the incident.
The FDNY reported that three other people were injured along with the bomber. It was unclear if they were hurt in the blast or the panic that followed as people scrambled to evacuate the area. There was an unconfirmed report that a second person has been taken into custody. The NYPD has not confirmed that information. A news conference was expected later on Monday morning.
With the Port Authority Bus Terminal being closed, NJ Transit busses were dropping off commuters coming in from New Jersey at 40th St. and 10 Ave. Fox 5’s traffic reporter recommended drivers avoid the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan because of delays caused by the incident.
PATH trains were cross-honoring tickets for NJ Transit bus lines. The blast happened during the rush hour and that area is very busy with commuters.
They're evacuating the port authority at times square. I just arrived by bus and got quickly ushered out. pic.twitter.com/tMqXv5Dqgq
— mike (@wryse) December 11, 2017
The White House press secretary tweeted that President Trump was briefed on the incident and would be updated as new information was available.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was on the scene and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was enroute to the scene.
Monday’s incident happens less than two months after a man who entered the United States in 2010 under a diversity visa program used a rented pickup truck to mow down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center Memorial, killing eight and injuring 12.
The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan. The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available. pic.twitter.com/7vpNT97iLC
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017