A man is in custody after police responded to an explosion at the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City Monday morning.
NYPD sources said a pipe bomb went off in a subway tunnel near Times Square, injuring a man who police identified as the suspect.
Passengers were evacuated and subway service through the Times Square station, which lies underneath the bus terminal, was restricted while police investigated the area.
The suspect, a 27-year-old man who lived in Brooklyn, had wires attached to him and a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack strapped to his torso as he walked through the transit hub.
According to reports, the subway station was not the intended target of the bomb. Law enforcement sources say the homemade device went off prematurely and could have caused monumental damage if it went off as planned.
The suspect partially detonated the device he was carrying under the right side of his jacket prematurely inside an underground passageway. He told investigators he made the explosive at the electrical company where he works.
Officials released an image of the alleged bomber on the ground after the bomb detonated:
JUST IN: Photograph shows Port Authority explosion suspect on the ground after alleged pipe bomb detonated. He received non-life threatening injuries to his abdomen and was transferred to Bellevue Hospital https://t.co/o5sylewK58 pic.twitter.com/qzjGJJy16R
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The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital. Police reported that three others suffered minor injuries.
In a press conference Monday morning with Governor Bill de Blasio, NYPD commissioner James O’Neill confirmed that the suspect did make a statement regarding being inspired by ISIS, but declined to go into further detail at this time.
Watch the full press conference (below):
[Image via MSNBC.]