Islamist attempts to blow up NY subway

Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton says the explosion was an “ISIS-inspired attack” by a suspect from Bangladesh.

By: AP and World Israel News

A pipe bomb that was strapped to a man exploded in a New York City subway station near the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday, injuring the suspect and another person on the platform at the height of the morning rush hour, law enforcement officials said.

The terrorist and the victim were both being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The explosion, which happened around 7:30 a.m., triggered a massive emergency response by New York police and firefighters both above and below ground, tangling subway and bus service at the nearby Port Authority bus terminal.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Trump has been briefed on the explosion.

One person was in custody after the explosion. The suspected bomber was a 27-year-old man from Brooklyn, law enforcement sources told Fox News.

A video from above the “Crossroads of the World” shows lines of police and emergency vehicles with lights flashing and no traffic moving.

Everything around the Port Authority in the 42nd Street area was shut down — a surreal scene of still at what would ordinarily be a bustling rush hour.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC his sources in the department said the explosion was an “ISIS-inspired attack.” Bratton said the suspect was from Bangladesh.

The last Islamic terror attack in the city was committed by an Uzbek Islamist. Eight victims were murdered in that attack and 11 others were injured.