Early Monday morning in New York City, there was an explosion that sent commuters stampeding out of Port Authority, an explosion we now known was an attempted terrorist attack with an IED.
Surveillance cameras captured the man walking casually through the crowded passageway when the bomb suddenly went off at 7:20 a.m. amid plume of white smoke, which cleared to show the man sprawled on the ground and commuters fleeing in terror. Investigators said it was not clear if the bomb was set off intentionally or went off prematurely.
“This was an attempted terrorist attack,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. “Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals.”
The suspect was being treated at a hospital for burns to his hands and abdomen. The others who were injured suffered ringing in the ears and headaches.
Former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton went on MSNBC this morning and relayed preliminary police information, saying the man arrested was in his mid-20s, from Bangladesh, has been living in America for several years and attempted the attack in the name of ISIS.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference that this was an attempted terrorist attack.
Police have identified the man in custody as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.
Here is our first look at him:
Law enforcement officials said Ullah was inspired by the Islamic State group but had apparently not had any direct contact with the group.
Four people other than the bomber were also injured when the explosion happened, police said.
Port Authority Police credited officers Jack Collins, Sean Gallagher, Drew Preston and Anthony Manferdini for taking down the suspect at gunpoint.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.