Man blows himself up at NYC bus terminal

Emergency services near the scene of the explosion
Text size Aa Aa

What we know:

  • An explosion rocked a New York City bus terminal during morning rush hour on Monday
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was "an attempted terrorist attack"
  • The explosion was caused by an explosive device that the suspect was wearing
  • Suspect confirmed as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah
  • The suspect has been taken into custody and is being treated at Manhattan's Belleview hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 
  • Three others were reported injured at the scene with non-life-threatening injuries
  • The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has joined the investigation

Explosion rocks Port Authority terminal 

One suspect has been taken into custody after allegedly detonating a pipe bomb near the Port Authority bus terminal in midtown Manhattan near 42nd street and 8th Avenue on Monday (11 Dec). Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was "an attempted terrorist attack".

The male suspect, identified by officials as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. The FDNY said three other people sustained non-life-threatening injuries and urged the public to avoid the area. 


Multiple U.S. officials confirm that this photo is from the passport of Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the Port Authority explosion. 

'Attempted terrorist attack'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference said, "This was an attempted terrorist attack."

Deputy Commissioner John Miller added that the bomb was fixed to the suspect with Velcro and zip ties.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is also investigating the incident. 

The New York Police Department had posted on Twitter at 1:44 PM (GMT -5), confirming it was responding to an explosion of "unknown origin".

Multiple ambulances have been requested and subway train lines A, C and E have been evacuated in response.