A small pipe bomb was detonated near New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal at the height of rush hour Monday. According to multiple sources, including New York’s Daily News, the explosion was relatively minor, and a suspect was taken into custody. Luckily no one appears to have been injured other than the perpetrator.
The blast went off in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., the sources said.
Police found an explosive device on the suspect, who had wires attached to his body, one source added.
Authorities evacuated several subway lines but didn’t find any structural damage, which is rather surprising since infrastructure of the more than-hundred-year-old system is constantly said to be crumbling and in dire need of repair.
According to the paper, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he reported that preliminary information suggests the perpetrator was a man is in his twenties, possibly from Bangladesh, who has been in the U.S. for about seven years.
Bratton further noted that the device was set off “in the name of ISIS,” meaning this was “definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended.”
The Daily News helpfully adds that police haven’t confirmed a motive.
This is a developing story. Updates will be added as new information becomes available.