Failed Bombing Attempt in NYC Subway Near Times Square
New York officials call an explosion near the main (Port Authority) bus terminal an 'attempted terrorist attack.' The explosion took place during the morning rush hour. Suspected of carrying out the attack is 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, a New York resident of Bangladeshi descent. Ullah carried out the failed attack by detonating a homemade pipe bomb.
Officials investigating the attack claimed Ullah had never been contacted by nor initiated contacted with the terrorist organization known as ISIS. Nonetheless, Ullah appears to have sworn allegiance to ISIS and was motivated by the radical group. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to provide public comment about the suspect or incident.During the first press conference, the NYPD explained that Ullah intentionally detonated a low technology pipe bomb while standing in a substation passageway near Times Square.
At least four people, including the bomber, suffered minor injuries from the blast. The injuries sustained include headaches and ringing in the ears. Counterterrorism specialists have identified the pipe bomb as a particularly low technology device. Despite its rudimentary design, a successful detonation of the explosive in the densely populated substation would have resulted in mass casualties.