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Explosion Causes NYC Subway Station Closures; Suspect in Custody

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By David E. Hubler
Contributor, EDM Digest

Note: This article was originally published on In Homeland Security.

An explosion at two busy NYC subway stations Monday morning led to a rush-hour evacuation of both stations and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, The New York Times reported.

The explosion took place at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, in a tunnel that connects the Times Square and Port Authority stations. Police evacuated three subway lines.

One person was in custody, the Police Department said. “A senior city official who declined to be identified because of the continuing investigation said that the suspect had been wearing an explosive device strapped to his person and that the police had stripped him naked to remove it,” according to the Times.

According to initial reports, the device exploded prematurely. The alleged bomber was in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital. There were no reports of other injuries.

As a result, rush hour became a chaotic race to find alternate routes to work. Vehicles were not permitted to exit the FDR Drive from 59th Street to 42nd Street. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reported that the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains were skipping 42nd Street.

Explosion Caused Some NYC Subway Stations to Close

Subway trains were avoiding the affected area and the Port Authority Bus Terminal was shut down as authorities continue to investigate. Also, 14th, 23rd, 34th and 42nd streets were closed river to river and all Port Authority buses are being diverted to New Jersey, WNBC4-TV in New York reported.

Former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton said he had been told the suspect was a Bangladeshi man in his mid-twenties who was wearing a device and indicated he was detonating it in the name of ISIS. “Bratton's information, which he said came from NYPD sources, could not immediately be confirmed,” WNBC4 said.

David Hubler David E. Hubler brings a variety of government, journalism and teaching experience to his position as a Quality Assurance Editor at APUS. David’s professional background includes serving as a senior editor at CIA and the Voice of America. He has also been a managing editor for several business-to-business and business-to-government publishing companies. David has taught high school English in Connecticut and at Northern Virginia Community College. He has a master’s degree for Teachers of English from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in English from New York University. In March 2017, Rowman & Littlefield published the paperback edition of David’s latest book, "The Nats and the Grays, How Baseball in the Nation's Capital Survived WWII and Changed the Game Forever."