Four hurt in NY subway station blast

A man with a bomb-like device strapped to his body set off an explosion at one of New York’s busiest commuter hubs at rush hour on Monday, injuring himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack.
Commuters exit a train as police officers stand in a closed-off underground walkway near the site of a pipe bomb explosion in New York.
Commuters exit a train as police officers stand in a closed-off underground walkway near the site of a pipe bomb explosion in New York.PHOTO: AFP

A man set off an improvised explosive in a busy New York subway station, injuring four and sparking panic among commuters during the rush hour.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called yesterday's incident an "attempted terrorist attack" and identified the 27-year-old suspect as Akayed Ullah, who was taken into custody.

The man wore the device that went off shortly after 7am in the subway station, not far from Times Square. He suffered serious burns while the three other victims had minor injuries. This second attack on New Yorkers in six weeks came after a man drove a truck up a bike path on Halloween, killing eight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2017, with the headline 'Four hurt in NY subway station blast'. Print Edition | Subscribe