A MAN has been arrested following what has been described as an ‘attempted terror attack’ in New York City.
Around 7.20am local time, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah intentionally detonated a homemade explosive device on a passageway near the Port Authority bus station, close to Times Square.
Authorities said the bomb was attached to the man’s body with velcro and zip ties.
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“At approximately 0720 hours, in a below ground walkway connects the Port Authority bus terminal to the NYC IRT 42nd & 7th Avenue Shuttle at Times Square, police were called to a reported explosion, responding units found an injured 27-year-old male with burns and wounds to his body,” Police Commissioner James P. O’Neil said at at press conference.
“Investigation at the scene indicates that this male was wearing an improvised explosive device attached to his body. This device was intentionally detonated by the subject.”
Three people who were nearby at the time sustained minor injuries in the blast and have since been taken to hospital for treatment.
Ullah was taken into custody at the scene and transported to Bellevue Hospital for for burns to his hands and abdomen.
NYPD say a thorough background investigation into Akayed Ullah is currently underway.