Explosion in Manhattan
New York police have has informed that a person is in custody after an "explosion of unknown origin."
After an irregular situation was reported in Midtown Manhattan - specifically in the Port Authority Bus Terminal area - New York police reported an explosion in the city's subway, which has paralyzed the area of the 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, during this Monday’s morning.
According to a spokesperson of the police forces, the only injured would be a suspect who has been taken into custody and who has minor injuries. The situation has been classified as "very fluid", reducing the alarm of a possible attack.
The agents have proceeded to evacuate subway lines A, C and E, and have created a security zone in the surrounding areas, including Times Square, as reported by the Washington Post.
According to the official report of the authorities, the individual has been identified as Akayed Ullah, 27, an immigrant from Bangladesh, who would have entered the United States in 2011.
Ullah detonated a rudimentary bomb tied to his body in one of the busiest areas of Manhattan on Monday morning, causing panic among the commuters.
The detonation didn't cause major victims, only three travelers and the attacker suffered minor injuries.
As reported by the Washington Post, the bomb designed by Ullah was attached to his body with zip ties and Velcro and was detonated around 7:20 in the morning, while crossing a subway passage from the station to the 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue.
Ullah would have confessed to the investigators to be inspired by the propaganda of the Islamic State terrorist group, and that he would have acted on his own.
For his part, US President Donald Trump used the incident to reaffirm his anti-immigrant stances, assuring in a statement that the attack "highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people."
Also, the president said that "the United States must fix its lax immigration system, which allows many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country”.
Reinforcing Trump’s stances, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that "the 20-year-old son of a sister of a US citizen should not get priority to come to this country ahead of someone who is high-skilled, well-educated, has learned English and is likely to assimilate and flourish here."
Updated on Tuesday, December 12