New York was very little to live this Monday its worst nightmare: an attack on subway station of iconic square of Times Square. There, first thing in morning, with tens of thousands of people moving through bowels of downtown Manhattan to go to work, re was outbreak of a homemade artifact. There were only four wounded, including suspect, Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old native of Bangladesh who carried bomb attached to body. The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, considered what happened as an "attempted terrorist attack."
The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, Manhattan. The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available. Pic.twitter.com/7vpNT97iLC— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) 11 December 2017
The lives of New Yorkers are not understood without subway. The tunnels are ir great arteries. This is also where great fears of more than eight million neighbors and authorities that watch for ir safety are concentrated. "Thank God perpetrator failed to achieve his ultimate goal," mayor acknowledged, aware that city could have suffered a real massacre.
The outbreak occurred at 7.20 in morning, local time, in a long, narrow passageway connecting terminal bus station and lines down Eighth Avenue with Metro Times Square on Seventh Avenue. The authorities did not specify if place where it occurred was one chosen by suspect to commit attack or if homemade bomb was activated in a casual way. The three wounded were people who were close.The country
"The reality is that we are target of those who are against democracy and freedom," said new York governor Andrew Cuomo. The attempted suicide attack occurred when in memory of neighbors is still very fresh intentional outrage in a bike lane next to World Trade Center on Halloween, in which eight people died, including five Argentinian friends. It was first attack with deadly victims since suicide bombing against Twin Towers, on September 11, 2001.
The new York metro system is massive. They use it daily 5.6 million of people. The station in Times Square, located on 42 Street, is a neuralgic point of city. For her, 230,000 people travel during a normal working day. Any incident, however small, creates a chain effect. It is crossed by a dozen metro lines connecting to bus terminal and train stations in Madison Square and Grand Central.Mass Eviction
The outbreak forced immediate evacuation of all stations, as well as bus terminal. The chief curator of new York Police Department (NYPD), James O'Neill, explained that re are about 3,000 agents guarding network 24 hours a day. The agents have an anti-terrorism unit that has its own intelligence service. The city is on permanent alert since attack on World Trade Center in 1993.
The security forces have managed to prevent 26 attempts to attack from 11-S. Last October was released disarticulation of a terrorist operative who planned to attack precisely Metro and iconic Plaza New York, which in a few weeks will be armored to celebrate arrival of new year.
Local authorities indicated that suspect resides in Brooklyn, where research was concentrated to determine ir relationships and possible connections with terrorist organizations. Its motivation is unknown. The agents of FBI and NYPD tried in parallel to collect all pieces of artifact in place of explosion to give with its composition. Witnesses say it smelled like a firecracker.
Breaking VIDEO: Moment of explosion at 42nd St and 8th Avenue in Manhattan pic.twitter.com/JwygdnnwNb— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 11, 2017
Suspect was carrying artifact attached to body with duct tape. The security cameras installed in hallway show that it explodes when it had several people next to it. After smoke dissipates, he is seen lying on ground, wounded. The Commissioner of NYPD indicated at press conference that Ullah made a comment quoting Islamic State after detonating bomb, but avoided entering into more details. The author had wounds and burns on his arms and abdomen. They think it's a lone wolf.International objective
Andrew Cuomo described suspect as "beginner" and explained that artifact was "low-tech." "We have Statue of Liberty in port and that makes us an international target." We understand, "he declared." The head of new York Fire Department, Daniel Nigro, said condition of three civilians suffered minor injuries. "They honked ir ears and ir heads ached," he said. They approached by ir own foot to nearest health centers.
Bill de Blasio guaranteed that re is no additional threat to city but he did again ask citizens to be on constant alert, because that can help save lives like this time. It also made clear that terrorists are not going to undermine with this type of attacks values on which city is built, most diverse in country. "The election of new York is for a reason," he said, "We show that democracy works."
New York is also characterized by a very fast replenishment. The Metro and bus service regained normality after three hours of incident. The NYPD and manager of public transport network performed at end of last month a simulation to prepare for a similar event. That, explained O'Neill, allowed security forces and services to immediately respond immediately. "This is toughest place in world," concluded mayor.A lone wolf angry
The man who tried to do this Monday in crowded metro station Times Square, identified as Akayed Ullah, 27, came to United States from Bangladesh in February 2011, according to first details of investigation. He entered country using a F4 visa, family reunification. He worked as a taxi driver in new York for three years until March 2015.
"He must have been angry with something," said new York governor Andrew Cuomo, without furr deepening his intentions. The investigators traced several addresses in Brooklyn neighborhood, in Ocean Park neighborhood, trying to collect data and evidence. Although he was not under surveillance, he was thought to have planned attack for a year. The last job he had was an electrician.
The licensing agency to provide taxi services in new York points out that permit he possessed did not authorize him to drive a yellow taxi. They cannot specify wher y are self-employed or for an independent contractor. The defendant on bike lane attack on Halloween was also a driver, in this case of Uber.