The US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident that took place at a bus terminal in Manhattan near Times Square. The investigation is currently underway.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has stated that the explosion that hit central Manhattan a few hours earlier was “an attempted terrorist attack”, confirming one individual involved in the attack.
The statement was made after the New York Police Department had revealed that one person was taken into custody after an explosion, with at least four people wounded as a result of the blast, pointing out that “all injuries are non-life-threatening”, while this also has been confirmed by the New York Fire Department.
According to MSNBC, citing former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, the preliminary information suggests the suspect is in his 20s, possibly from Bangladesh, living in the US for seven years, “who supposedly was setting the device off in the name of Daesh”.
A minor NYC media outlet has reported the suspect is a 27 year old man from Brooklyn, east Flatbush area with investigators reportedly heading to his home for a probe.
However, this information has not yet been confirmed by any official sources.
A NYPD official has revealed to NBC that the investigation into the blast is being lead by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
According to the White House, the US President has been briefed on the incident and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has also been informed of the explosion.
Meanwhile, CNN has reported that police have found 1-2 explosive devices at the scene and are still searching for additional bombs at the site
The explosion hit a bus terminal in Manhattan near Times Square.
The eyewitnesses from the site have stated that the bus terminal, as well as subway lines, have been, causing a stampede.
The emergency services and law enforcement forces are working at the site, according to photos from social media.
The NYPD asks people to avoid the blast area, informing them that buses are bypassing Port Authority and Times Square Stations.