NEW YORK — The explosion in a NYC subway Monday morning was “terror-related,” authorities confirm.
The suspect, who was taken into custody shortly after the incident, is a 27-year-old man who had a crude pipe bomb strapped to him. It went off in a passageway from Seventh and Eighth Avenues near Times Square.
Law enforcement officials say the suspect was inspired by the Islamic State, but had apparently not had any direct contact with the terror group. The bomb was attached to the suspect with Velcro and zip ties.
The suspect underwent burns. Three others in proximity of the explosion went to the hospital with minor injuries.
The explosion happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has tweeted that President Trump has been briefed on the explosion.
Francisco Ramirez said he heard two explosions as he was exiting a bus about 7:45 a.m. ET. He heard both blasts distinctly even though he was wearing headphones.
“From what I saw it sounded like it came from the subway, but I’m just guessing,” he said. “It was two distinct explosions seconds from each other. As I was making my way toward the outside, I kept getting shoved by cops and there were cops at every entrance blocking and there was police and SWAT everywhere.
“It was scary. It was just a lot of chaos but I didn’t see any injuries.”
It’s led to delays along some of the subway lines that pass beneath the bus terminal.
Some passengers were evacuated as a precaution.