Port Authority Attack & Explosion: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Aaron Nobel

The scene at the Port Authority.

An explosion has rocked the Port Authority in New York City, which is heavily used by commuters. There’s already a suspect in custody, according to photos that circulated on social media. Reports indicate he may have been a suicide bomber, with some saying he detonated a pipe bomb.

The explosion occurred around 8:20 a.m. on December 11. It comes not long after Sayfullo Saipov is accused of ramming a car into bicyclists in lower Manhattan, killing multiple people. However, despite some injuries, there appear to be no casualties at the Port Authority scene. “The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan. The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available,” reported The New York Police Department.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Suspect Was Inspired by ISIS, Sources Told the New York Post

The scene at the Port Authority.

Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that the suspect was a suicide bomber who was influenced by ISIS. “An ISIS-inspired suicide bomber set off a homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station Monday morning, law enforcement sources said,” according to The Post.

The Post identified the man who is possibly of Bangladeshi origin who is 27 and was living in Brooklyn.


2. Video Appears to Capture the Moment of the Explosion

Surveillance video shows the moment an apparent “suicide bomber” detonated a “pipe bomb” in New York City’s Port Authority terminal Monday morning during rush hour.


3. No One Was Killed in the Explosion

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Aaron Nobel/HeavyPolice near the Port Authority in New York City after the explosion.

According to the New York Fire Department, four people were injured. That includes the attacker. No one was killed. “A total of 4 injuries reported at the scene of an explosion at Port Authority. All injuries are non-life-threatening,” the NYFD reported on Twitter.


4. Dramatic Photos Appeared to Show the Suspect on the Ground

A photo of what may be the suspect has been circulated on Twitter, although its verification is not completely clear.

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5. Authorities Evacuated the Busy Transit Hub

Port Authority Police watch as people evacuate after a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017 in New York.
New York police said Monday that they were investigating an explosion of “unknown origin” in busy downtown Manhattan, and that people were being evacuated. Media reports said at least one person had been detained after the blast near the Port Authority transit terminal, close to Times Square.Early media reports said the blast came from a pipe bomb, and that several people were injured.
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The Port Authority is a busy transit hub for commuters, and it was evacuated after the explosion, according to The New York Times.

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