Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, recalled a Christmas attack in Europe in 2016 and said he was also retaliating for U.S. airstrikes on IS in Syria, law enforcement officials told the New York Times.
The incident happened in an MTA passageway at the terminal at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. Details were still developing.
A former hire auto driver chose to bomb one of New York City's busiest subway corridors because of its Christmas-themed posters, law enforcement officials said following the explosion that sent peak hour commuters into a frenzy at the start of the working week.
- The NYPD identified the suspect in the New York City subway bombing as Akayed Ullah.
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.
"Our lives revolve around the subway", the mayor said. On Oct. 31, a motorist in a rented pickup drove down a lower Manhattan bike path, killing eight people and wounding a dozen more before crashing into a school bus.
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At a news conference on Eighth Avenue just outside the Port Authority, police displayed a picture of Ullah that appeared to have been taken inside the subway walkway after the blast.
Akayed Ullah set off a crudely made pipe bomb during rush hour on the NY subway on Monday. Police told HuffPost they were unsure whether the reported explosion was inside the Port Authority building or the subway system.
The officials said he lives in Brooklyn and may be of Bangladeshi descent.
NY has seen its share of terror attacks in recent years.
Ullah came to the USA on an F-4 visa available for immigrants with family in the US who are citizens.
"It's very weird", Butrico said. More than 10 train lines use the location and it served 64.5 million passengers in 2016.
Monday's explosion triggered a massive emergency response both above and below ground, halting what would ordinarily be a bustling rush hour at the "Crossroads of the World". But by 10 a.m., much of the area had returned to normal.