A bombing Monday that targeted a Port Authority bus station in downtown Manhattan apparently was carried out by a Bangladeshi immigrant inspired by the Islamic State terrorist group, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC.
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“Preliminary information indicates the attack was committed in the name of ISIS,” Bratton said, adding that the suspect in the rush-hour bombing is “possibly” a Bangladeshi man who has been in the U.S. for approximately seven years.
>>> Update: Authorities called the incident an “attempted terrorist attack” and identified the man as Akayed Ullah, 27, originally from Bangladesh. Three others received minor injuries, officials said.
Bratton said the man was injured badly enough by the explosion that he could not be interviewed.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton tells @MSNBC: #PortAuthority bombing was ISIS-inspired by Bangladeshi national, now in custody. Pipe bomb detonated in tunnel connecting 7th Avenue subway with Port Authority.
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The Associated Press, citing a law enforcement official, noted that the suspect had the bomb strapped to him at the time of detonation about 7:20 a.m.
BREAKING: Law enforcement official tells AP that man had explosive device strapped on when it exploded in New York City subway.
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The incident would mark the second ISIS-inspired attack on New York City within the past two months.
Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant inspired by ISIS, mowed down tens of pedestrians and bicyclists on a busy New York bike path Oct. 31.
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