New York police and other authorities are continuing to investigate the attempted terror bombing in the city’s Port Authority bus terminal Monday morning, and it appears that the apparent “low tech explosive device” was detonated early by the suspect, identified as Akayed Ullah, 27, a possible Bangladeshi national.
Ullah appears to have been the only person seriously injured in the botched blast, which Mayor Bill de Blasio labeled a terrorist attack.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on the scene for a press briefing at which he declared, “This is New York and we are a savvy people and we keep our eyes open…We’re not going to allow them to disrupt us. This is exactly what they want. And that is exactly what they’re not going to get.”
The New York Post, quoting unidentified sources, reported that the bombing may have been some sort of retaliation. The story said Ullah allegedly told authorities from his hospital bed, “They’ve been bombing in my country and I wanted to do damage here.”
The suspect reportedly had the explosive device attached to his body via hook-and-loop fasteners and zip ties. It exploded in a subway passageway at approximately 7:30 a.m.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill sad Ullah suffered burns and wounds to his body. The New York Post reported that three other people were injured in the blast.
In the midst of this, CNN reportedly abruptly changed course and began reporting on soda consumption by President Donald Trump. Fox News picked up on that promptly, calling it an “anti-Trump story,” for which the network has been criticized in the past. Several major cable news outlets have been allegedly hostile toward the president, ignoring other ongoing news while focusing on news that makes Trump look bad, critics say.
NewsBusters Senior Editor Rich Noyes sent out a blistering message about this on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the New York Post is reporting that the bombing was “ISIS inspired.” That newspaper is also reporting that the device was a 5-inch metal pipe bomb with a battery pack and was carried on the suspect’s mid-section.