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Manhattan Blast: New York Guv terms incident 'frightening and disturbing', says forces 'handled situation extraordinarily well'

The New York Police Department was responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin on Monday morning in midtown Manhattan at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, the police department’s official twitter handle said.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New York [ Updated: December 11, 2017 21:16 IST ]
Image Source : PTI Andrew Mark Cuomo, New York Governor

A possible pipe bomb explosion rocked the New York City on Monday. The blast reportedly took place in a passageway below ground at Port Authority, resulting in at least two injured. The NYPD has apprehended one suspect in connection with the blast.

Police officials said that they have obtained video and are confident it is contained, a local news report said. 

At the time of explosion, the police department evacuated A, C and E lines of local subway. Partial services, however, have been restored. 

As it happened (ISD): 

8:50pm: This was an attempted terrorist attack. Choice of New York is always for a reason because we are beacon to the world & we actually show that society of many backgrounds & faiths can work. Our enemies want to undermine that: Bill de Blasio, New York Mayor

8:46pm: Media reports suggest that the arrested suspect was inspired by international terrorist group ISIS.

8:40pm: The incident was frightening and disturbing. It was a low tech device. Situation was handled extraordinarily well. A sweep is being done. The service at the subway is being restored: Andrew Mark Cuomo, New York Governor on New York subway pipe bombing

8:16pm: The New York City police commissioner calls the subway pipe-bombing a "terror-related incident", reports The Associated Press.

7:54pm: Four hurt in New York explosion, none life-threatening, reports AFP news agency.

7:37pm: It is thought the bomb was intended to explode on a subway carriage, where it could have affected hundreds of people, but went off prematurely, Telegraph reported.

7:30pm:  The man has been in the country for about seven years, says Bill Bratton

7:24 pm: Preliminary information suggests the man is in his 20s, possibly from Bangladesh, who supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS, so definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended: Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton

7:05 pm: Update regarding explosion at 42nd St and 8th Ave, in subway: One male suspect is in custody. No injuries other than suspect at this time. Avoid the area. Subways bypassing PortAuthority and Times Square Stations. Info is preliminary: NYPD

7:04 pm: US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the explosion in New York City: Sarah Sanders, White House, Press Secretary

6:50 pm: The explosion occurred at West 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, local media reported. A man with a “possible second device" has been detained in the subway tunnel, sources said. He was described him as “having wires coming out of him.”

6:49 pm: Possible pipe bomb detonated in a passageway below ground at Port Authority. One person is in custody. There are a few injuries. Police have obtained video and are confident it is contained: ABC News

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the largest in the US, serving more than 65 million people a year.

6:45 pm: The reports suggest that the blast took place near Times Square

 

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