Suspected suicide bombing bid at Manhattan bus terminal
New York: At least one person was injured in an explosion, said to be a suicide bombing, early on Monday at a bus terminal near the iconic Times Square in Manhattan, police said. One suspect has been taken into custody.
The explosion took place at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and police sources said it was possibly caused by a pipe bomb, ABC News reported.
The would-be suicide bomber set off the device at the bus terminal subway station, injuring himself, reported the New York Post, citing law enforcement sources. The suspected bomber – who had wires attached to him – was armed with a pipe bomb and a battery pack, and was taken into custody after the device partially detonated inside the passageway, said sources. He has been admitted to hospital.
Earlier the New York Police Department, in a tweet, said it was responding to “reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan” and the “A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time”.
The Port Authority is a transportation hub where buses and trains operate from the west side of midtown Manhattan.