‘Low-tech explosive’ detonates below Port Authority bus terminal in New York City, suspect in custody

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A suspect is in custody after an “attempted terrorist attack” underneath the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City today, sending rush-hour commuters scrambling to evacuate near the busy transit hub just blocks from Times Square, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said.

Authorities called the explosive an “improvised low-tech explosive device” that was held together with Velcro and zip-ties.

The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, was badly injured in the arm and torso from the explosion that went off in his arms, sources said. He is alert and conscious and was taken to a hospital, sources said. The suspect, originally from Bangladesh, has been in the United States for seven years and has an address in Brooklyn, sources said.

The explosive possibly detonated in an underground passageway at the terminal, sources said.

Christina Bathea, 29, told ABC News she was in the passageway on her way to work next to the terminal when she heard a bang, saw smoke and ran.

“If I didn’t believe in God, I believe in God today,” she said, adding that she commuted from Yonkers, New York.

Three people were injured, but none of their wounds appear to be life-threatening, the FDNY said.

 The NYPD tweeted about the reported explosion at 7:44 a.m.

The terminal was temporarily closed and has since reopened. Subways were bypassing the terminal and Times Square stations.

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