Authorities investigating an attempted terror attack in New York have said the would-be suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb attached to his body.
The suspect, identified as 27-year-old, Akayed Ullah, was taken to hospital with wounds from the blast and three people nearby were injured.
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, described the rush-hour blast as an “attempted terror attack”, adding: “Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals.”
Officials said the explosion was reported at 7.20am (12.20pm GMT) in a below-ground walkway connecting subway lines near Times Square.ved?
Police say suspect Akayed Ullah detonated a homemade device attached to his body
Emergency services found Ullah at the scene with burns and lacerations to his hands and abdomen.
Police believe Ullah detonated the device himself but could not confirm whether the crowded walkway itself was the target, or whether the suspect may have been travelling towards somewhere else.
He was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment in the custody of police. Three people standing nearby at the time of the blast presented themselves to two nearby hospitals with minor injuries including ringing in the ears and headaches.
Several New York subway lines were evacuated and parts of the network temporarily shut down, before being gradually reopened.
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