New Yorkers are waking up to yet another terror attack right under Port Authority Terminal early Monday Morning. An explosion was heard by commuters at approximately 7:20am as a self made pipe bomb detonated on the suspect right under the Port Authority Terminal, at 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Ave. The explosion that stopped all trains in all directions and forced the underground subway system into a complete lock down with commuters being rerouted and trains redirected to other train lines, in an attempt to investigate what occurred this morning.
It has only been a few months since the last terror attack in New York City, but it doesn’t seem to surprise anyone as retaliation has been promised following the presidential decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Promises made to strike back at U.S in anyway possible.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called this “one of our worst nightmares.” A New York City Subway system being attacked, would be devastating to this city and will put many business out of commission for weeks and maybe even months to come.
The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, a seven year resident of Brooklyn, originally from Bangladesh, who tied the home made bomb to his body was badly injured as the pipe bomb exploded leaving him injured along with 3 other people. Luckily there were no fatalities.
According to law enforcement, the suspect who’s a former New York City cab driver who told investigators that he carried out the attack for revenge. The suspect explained from his hospital bed at Bellevue Hospital, he’s angry that his country is being bombed and wanted to do the same damage in the U.S.
It is distressing that we now have to name the terror attacks in our city by where they occurred. The Chelsea terror attack and now the Port Authority terror attack. Regardless of where it happens, it is truly a very scary thing for our city and the people who live here.
People are practically paralyzed with fear knowing it’s a huge possibility knowing the target is the New York Subway system, the worse possible nightmare that can easily become a reality. Luckily the suspect has been captured and New York City will be on high alert for weeks to come.
According to Gov. Cuomo and the New York City Police Commissioner, James O’Neill, they stated the following, “As New Yorkers our lives revolve around the subways. When we hear of an attack in the subways it’s incredibly unsettling,” de Blasio said, adding “Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals. Thank God our first responders were there so quickly to address the situation, to make sure people were safe. Thank God the only injuries as we know at this point were minor.”
By: Ida L.