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Suspect identified in New York commuter hub explosion, had pipe bomb

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Donald Trump have been briefed on the incident, according to local media and the White House.

world Updated: Dec 11, 2017 20:30 IST
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Police officers and fire crew stand outside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City after reports of an explosion. (REUTERS)

An explosion rocked New York’s Port Authority, one of the city’s busiest commuter hubs, on Monday morning and police said one suspect was injured and in custody but that no-one else was hurt in the rush-hour incident.

Officials identified the suspect as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, saying he acted alone. New York police counterterrorism chief said the suspect had a pipe bomb affixed to his body with Velcro and zip ties

The bus terminal was temporarily closed, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a Twitter statement.

“There was a stampede up the stairs to get out,” said Diego Fernandez, one of the commuters at Port Authority. “Everybody was scared and running and shouting.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Donald Trump have been briefed on the incident, according to local media and the White House.

News of the incident jarred financial markets as trading was getting underway for the week. Standard & Poor’s 500 index emini futures pared gains, the dollar weakened against the yen and U.S. Treasury securities prices gained on a modest flight-to-safety bid.

The incident occurred less than two months after an Uzbek immigrant killed eight people by speeding a rental truck down a New York City bike path, in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.

In September 2016, a man injured more than two dozen people when he set off a homemade bomb in New York’s Chelsea district.

First Published: Dec 11, 2017 20:29 IST