The attempted terror attack took place early Monday morning around the Port Authority Bus Terminal, near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. The pipe bomb was strapped with velcro and zip ties to the attackers body in the center of one of Manhattan’s busiest subway corridors. Officials have stated that at least four people including the suspect have been injured, none were fatal, Ullah was the only person seriously injured from the bomb. Apparently the makeshift weapon had failed to fully explode. Since it failed to explode properly, the bomb didn’t create shrapnel, which is usually the deadliest element of a pipe bomb.
According to police, the suspect is a 27-year-old named Akayed Ullah. A picture has surfaced of the pipe bomber showing him lying on the ground showing his burned midriff with his hands behind his back. There have been reports that Ullah is from Bangladesh. The Mayor said that this can be considered an “attempted terrorist attack.” This has been the second attack carried out by a single person in two months, taking place only a few weeks after the truck attack on the bike path alongside the Hudson River which killed eight people. According to the New York Times, Ullah chose the location due to its Christmas-themed posters, he also told investigators that he had set the bomb off in connection to the U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and elsewhere.