The mayor of New York City and the New York governor agree, Manhattan is always “a target.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speak to reporters Monday following an attempted terror attack in a Manhattan subway station. (Mark Lennihan/AP)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday the bombing in an underground subway platform near Times Square was “an attempted terrorist attack” carried out by 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.
However, he was “unsuccessful in his aims,” de Blasio said at a press conference, adding there are no other credible threats to the city and no additional known activities or incidents.
“The choice of New York is always for a reason because we're a beacon to the world and we actually show that a society of many faiths and many backgrounds can work and we show that democracy can work and our enemies want to undermine that and the terrorists want to undermine that,” de Blasio said.
New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neil told reporters the suspect was wearing an improvised, low-tech explosive device strapped to his body. The device was intentionally detonated while Ullah was walking underground from the 42nd Street and 8th Avenue subway platform to the 42nd Street and 7th Avenue avenue platform.
Ullah suffered major injuries, including burns and wounds to his abdomen, and was transported to Bellevue hospital. Three other people took themselves to other nearby hospitals, reporting minor injuries, including ringing in the ears and headaches, New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
When asked if the bomber had connections to ISIS, O'Neil said Ullah “made statements,” but declined to comment further. The Joint Terrorist Task Force is running a background check on Ullah.
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the “reality is, we are a target … but we are a savvy people and we have the best law enforcement on the globe.”
Although there was a disruption of train and bus service while law enforcement searched the area, most services have resumed, and officials say full service will be running by tonight's rush hour commute.