A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour. The man and three others were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what the mayor and police labeled an attempted terror attack. The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, reports the AP. The explosion happened in an underground passageway under 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The 7:30am blast caused smoke to fill the passageway, which was crowded with throngs of Monday morning commuters. "This was an attempted terrorist attack," said Mayor Bill de Blasio, per the New York Daily News. "Thank God he did not achieve his goal."
Law enforcement officials said the man was inspired by the Islamic State but had apparently not had any direct contact with the group. The officials said he lives in Brooklyn and may be of Bangladeshi descent. Authorities said the bomb was a low-tech explosive device attached to the man with Velcro and plastic ties. They were investigating how it was made. A photo published by the New York Post showed a bearded man crumpled on the ground with his shirt apparently blown off and black soot covering his bare midriff. Fire officials said the suspect had burns to his hands and abdomen. The others who were injured suffered ringing in ears and headaches. (Read more New York City stories.)