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 underway.
The New York Police Department has confirmed that one person was taken into custody after an explosion hit central Manhattan, with no injured except the attacker himself.
However, the New York Fire department has reported of at least four people wounded as a result of the blast, pointing that “all injuries are non-life-threatening”.
According to MSNBC, citing former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, preliminary information suggests the suspect is in his 20s, possibly from Bangladesh, living in the US for sevean years, “who supposedly was setting the device off in the name of Daesh”.
“So I was on my way to school (which is right near the site) and two stops away I was told that my train would skip my stop. So I switched trains and was told on the other train that I needed to get off. So I walked to school. On my way to school I saw tons of firefighters as well as police officers. There were traffic police hurrying people across the street. I met up with some friends and hurried to school,” a witness at the scene Oliver Buckley.
A minor NYC media 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 of the blast was 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 reportedly hit a bus terminal in Manhattan near Times Square.