An ISIS-inspired middle eastern man set off a bomb this morning in the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station, seriously wounding himself and injuring three others.
The man is a 27-year identified by NYPD as Okayed Ullah — had wires attached to him and a 5-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack strapped to his midsection as he walked through the PAB.
The man partially detonated the device, which he was carrying under the right side of his jacket, prematurely inside the passageway to the A, C and E trains at Eighth Avenue and West 42nd Street around 7:40 a.m. today
The police quickly took the man into custody.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told local media that the man was inspired by ISIS and possibly born in Bangladesh.
Bratton, who said the man had been living in the US for seven years, “was supposedly setting the device off in the name of ISIS.” This was a terrorist attack, definitely intended,” the police chief said.
The three injured were taken to the hospital, they have non-life threating injuries
Investigators briefly spoke to the alleged bomber, who told them he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works.
The incident sent commuters into a frenzy. A 911 caller, who would only identify herself as Carmen, told The Post: “I didn’t see anything, I just heard an explosion and I ran out like everyone did to look for the nearest exit.”
“I had like a panic attack, I couldn’t breathe. My stomach started hurting,” the witness said. “I’m doing better — I’m just trying to catch a train to go back home to Queens”
Designer Chelsea LaSalle tweeted: “holy f–k. just was stuck in a running stampede at port authority bus terminal due to bomb scare. cops EVERYWHERE.”