Update: The New York Post today reported that the bomb partially detonated at New York’s Port Authority this morning was made of a combination of sugar, Christmas lights, and matches packed into a five-inch pipe. According to the report, the pipe was not packed tight enough so only the ends of the pipe blew off. It also noted that such lights were used as charges in the Boston Marathon and London subway bombings.
At today’s White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the attack indicates the need for Congress to work with President Trump on immigration reforms.
“We must protect our borders; we must ensure that individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to our people, and we must move to a merit-based system of immigration,” Sanders said. “This attack comes as our coalition continues to make great gains against ISIS.”
She added that forces continue working on the ground to “shrink” the scope of ISIS’ control. But she said it’s more than just defeating them on the ground.
“[W]e must also destroy the evil ideology that is behind ISIS and attacks like today’s,” Sanders added. “This ideology has no borders, but it must be eradicated.”
Authorities identified Akayed Ullah as the alleged bombing suspect at New York’s Port Authority bus terminal Monday. Ullah is 27 and from Bangladesh. He reportedly lives in Brooklyn and arrived in the United States in 2011. Law enforcement said he was inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but had no direct contact with ISIS.
The NYPD reported via Twitter that Ullah was caught at the scene of the explosion. “He sustained injuries from the explosion and was transported to a hospital,” the tweet said. “Four other people suffered minor injuries.”
News reports out of New York City indicate some sort of explosive device was detonated in an underground passageway at the Port Authority bus terminal Monday morning. Fox News reported a New York Police Department (NYPD) source indicated “there was a person strapped with a bomb.” Other news outlets are saying it may have been a pipe bomb.
Reports also indicate a suspect is in custody. The NYPD tweeted at 8:35 a.m. that the suspect is the only injury thus far. The Port Authority is New York’s primary bus terminal at 42nd St. and 8th Ave. Follow Links411 and Today411 for updates.