Update On Explosion In Subway at Port Authority Bus Terminal

REMARKS AS DELIVERED BY POLICE COMMISSIONER JAMES P. O’NEILL

At approximately 0720 hours, in a below ground walkway (IND line & 42nd Street & 8th Ave) 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. 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 other people in the immediate area also sustained minor injuries. The subject was placed in custody and transported to Bellevue Hospital. Immediate police response to the scene included members of the Transit Bureau, Emergency Service Division, Bomb Squad, Counterterrorism Personnel, MTA Police, State Troopers and FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. In addition, the NYPD’s Strategic Response Group and Critical Response Command were assigned to other key transportation hubs and other locations throughout the city as a precautionary measure. This incident was captured on transit system video. A further review and interview of witnesses is underway. A thorough background investigation into Akayed Ullah is being conducted by the JTTF. We are asking anyone who may have any information about this individual or incident, call Terror Hotline at 888-NYC-SAFE.

The NYPD & FBI through the Joint Terrorism Task are looking to speak to anyone who was witness or near this morning’s explosion at the 42nd Street subway station around 7:20 a.m.. Anyone who was witness to or has any information about the explosion this morning should call 800-CALL-FBI or 888-NYC-SAFE. Witnesses can also visit the NYPD’s 10th Precinct at 230 West 20th Street, Manhattan, to provide any information they may have.