New York Police responding to explosion at Port Authority

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USA prosecutors on Tuesday (December 12) brought federal criminal charges against a Bangladeshi man accused of setting off a bomb in Manhatten's Port Authority bus terminal during morning rush hour a day earlier.

A video released on Twitter shows a puff of smoke erupting amid a stream of commuters.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force was also investigating the incident.

Ullah said he carried out the attack in the name of ISIL and told investigators that he was angry about the killing of Muslims around the world, according to NBC News, citing a senior law enforcement official.

Shortly after the attack took place, police descended on at least three south Brooklyn addresses connected to the suspect or his relatives.

Police spoke with Ullah's family in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn, CBS New York's Marcia Kramer reported.

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He had a word of praise for New Yorkers as they took yet another episode of the kind in their stride. Ullah is suspected of strapping a pipe bomb to his body and setting off the crude device in a passageway under 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, injuring himself and a few others. "As I look out the window it looks like everything is getting back to normal".

- Ullah was not licensed to drive a NYC yellow taxi, he said. We'll move quickly to correct the record and we'll only point to the best information we have at the time. No other threats were apparent, the mayor said.

"Mount Sinai Health System received and treated five patients with minor injuries as a result of the explosion today at Port Authority; four at Mount Sinai West and one at Mount Sinai Queens", a statement from the hospital group said. The trains are being evacuated, he said. Multiple other subway lines were delayed and rerouted to avoid 42nd Street.

Miller cited the attacks of September 11, 2001, that killed more than 2,750 people in NY and almost 3,000 people total; and the World Trade Center bombing of February 26, 1993, which killed six people. When we hear of an attack in the subways, it is incredibly unsettling, ' de Blasio said.

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill identified the suspected attacker at a news conference on Monday morning as Akayed Ullah, 27, according to a transcript of the conference.

In September, an attack on a London train injured 29 (paywall) when a bomb concealed in a bucket exploded during rush hour.

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