The tiny explosion occurred during New York City’s rush hour causing subway lines to be closed and streets to be blocked off.After about two hours of confusion New York state and local officials provided details of the attack at a news conference at the scene.The police commissioner James O’Neill explained what happened.
At approximately 7:20 at a below ground walkway, which connects the IND line at 4-2 and 8th Avenue with the IRT line at 4-2 and 7,and that’s the shuttle at Times Square and the 1, 2, and 3 train police were called to a reported explosion. Responding units found an injured 27-year-old male. We’ve identified him as Akayed Ullah. He had burns and wounds to his body.The very investigation at the scene indicates this male was wearing an improvised low-tech explosive device attached in his body.He intentionally detonated that devices.
Mayor Bill DeBlasio told reporters the attacker tried to hit New Yorkers where would hurt the most.Let’s be clear as New Yorkers, our lives revolve around the subways. When we hear of an attack in the subway, it’s incredibly unsettling and let’s be also clear this was an attempted terrorist attack.Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals.
The New York Fire Department confirmed three other injuries all non-life-threatening.Subway lines are expected to be back on usual schedules by the evening commute after trains were evacuated and bypassed the 42nd Street stop which is in the heart of Manhattan’s Time Square.
Jeff Custer, VOA News, Washington.