NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspect is in custody and at least three others were hurt after a homemade pipe bomb exploded during the morning rush Monday near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “an attempted terrorist attack.” “Thank God the the perpetrator did not achieve ultimate his goals,” he said. “Thank God our first responders were there so quickly.” It happened around 7:19 a.m. in an underground walkway between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway stations in the area of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, police said. He is from Bangladesh and lived in Brooklyn, CBS2 reported. Authorities said he had crude pipe bomb device attached to his body using Velcro and zip ties. Video shows the suspect walking down the passageway when the device exploded. EXTRAS: Traffic/Transit Changes | Videos Police Commissioner James O’Neill said by the time officers arrived, he had burns and wounds to his body. Sources said the suspect had a second device on him, CBS2 reported. O’Neill said the suspect did make statements, but said that aspect of the investigation was still ongoing. He said the suspect was taken into custody and sent to Bellevue Hospital. “This is New York City. We don’t live in fear,” O’Neill said. “But if you see something suspicious, you have an obligation to come forward and tell us.” Now hearing three minor injuries in addition to suspect at #PortAuthority . He was wearing improvised explosive device. @wcbs880 pic.twitter.com/gHd1vu0lmz — Marla Diamond (@MDiamond8) December 11, 2017 At least three other people were also hurt. Officials say anyone unable to reach someone who may have impacted by the incident should call 311. . @nyc311 : If unable to reach someone who may have been impacted by the incident today @ Port Authority Bus Terminal call 311. — NYCEM – Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) December 11, 2017 Heavily armed NYPD units could be seen patrolling the streets outside the terminal on 42nd Street at 8th Avenue. Emergency crews 8th Ave #1010wins pic.twitter.com/YRyne4E5Hu — Juliet Papa (@winsjuliet) December 11, 2017 Bomb-sniffing K-9 units and counterterrorism officers were also brought in to survey the scene. The normally busy area was empty after police evacuated the scene. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said on Twitter that the mayor has briefed on the incident. The Mayor has been briefed on the incident in Midtown. The NYPD, FDNY and first responders are on the scene. — NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) December 11, 2017 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said he’s on the scene. NYPD, FDNY and first responders are working to secure the area, and an investigation is underway. pic.twitter.com/DCbVmmaZQy — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 11, 2017 White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also tweeted Monday morning that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation. . @POTUS has been briefed on the explosion in New York City — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 11, 2017 Security expert Manny Gomez spoke to CBS2 about the possibility that the suspect was a suicide bomber. “We don’t know yet but if it was that would be a game changer because that has not happened within the continental U.S.,” he said. There are a number of traffic and transit changes as a result of the incident. On the rails, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 subway trains are bypassing 42 Street. Below is a list of current subway delays and closures. For the latest information on this as well as bus delays, follow @nyctsubway and at https://t.co/nKAcay1baM pic.twitter.com/7KQt0CUJOj — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017 The Port Authority Bus Terminal is also closed. Police also said no cars are being allowed to exit the FDR Drive from 59th Street to 42nd Street and from 45th to 40th street and from 7th to 9th avenues. Traffic update regarding incident at 42nd St and 8th Ave: No cars allowed to exit FDR Drive from 59st to 42nd St., — 45th to 40th St., 7th to 9th Ave remains closed. #PortAuthority pic.twitter.com/ejuOgyqg9u — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017 Back on Halloween, police said a suspect drove a rented pick-up truck down the West Side highway bicycle path, killing eight people and injuring a dozen others . The suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, was shot by a police officer after his truck hit a school bus. He pleaded not guilty in federal court last month. Stay with CBSNewYork.com as this story continues to develop.
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Suspect In Custody Following Underground Explosion Near Port Authority Bus Terminal