New York City Port Authority Explosion

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Four people have been injured after a Bangladeshi man with a homemade bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion at a commuter hub during rush hour in NY. It serves more than 65 million people per year. Police spoke with Ullah's family in the borough's Flatlands section, CBS New York's Marcia Kramer reported. Fire officials said the report of an explosion came in around 7:19 AM. "They yearn to attack New York City".

Policemen stand guard at the site of the blast in NY, the United States, on December 11, 2017.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called it an "attempted terror attack".

He was reportedly carrying a metal pipe bomb that is believed to have detonated prematurely.

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"There are no known additional incidents or activities", he said, adding that police will be on high alert.

The incident occurred less than two months after an Uzbek immigrant killed eight people by speeding a rental truck down a New York City bike path, in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The bus terminal where the attack took place is the busiest in the USA, according to the Port Authority. "Everybody was scared and running and shouting".

Bus service to and from the bus terminal is being diverted to Secaucus and Newark Penn Station, where riders can catch trains. "A woman fell. No one even went to stop and help her because the panic was so scary".

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Another New York police source says a man in custody may have set off a device, injuring himself.

The suspect, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah who had been living in Brooklyn, suffered burns to his hands and abdomen, and was in a serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center. On a typical weekday, about 220,000 passengers arrive or depart on more than 7,000 buses.

In a tweet, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump, too, had been briefed.

On the West Coast, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation authority asked law enforcement for heightened security along bus and rail lines as a precaution.

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