Would-be suicide bomber arrested after explosion in NY: Reports

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New York, Dec 11- A would-be suicide bomber was taken into custody after an explosion near a busy bus terminal and metro station in New York City this morning, multiple media reports said.

Several people sustained injuries as the explosion took place during the office peak hours.

The suspected bomber – who had wires attached to him – was armed with a pipe bomb and a battery pack, sources told New York Post, according to which he was taken into custody after the device partially detonated.

Fox News also reported the same.

The device went off and there was a person strapped with a bomb, it said.

The suspect is reported to have sustained minor injury.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the New York explosion, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Earlier, the New York Police Department tweeted that it was responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, Manhattan.

The place is New York Port Authority, a busy bus terminal. It also has metro stations.

“The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time,” the NYPD had said, adding that the information is preliminary.

The New York Fire Department received call around 7.19 a.M.

“I was exiting the Port Authority and the National Guard was running towards something shouting ‘Go, Go, Go’,” commuter Keith Woodfin tweeted, according to New York Daily News.

Designer Chelsea LaSalle tweeted that she was “stuck in a running stampede at port authority bus terminal due to bomb scare. Cops EVERYWHERE.” PTI