Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

New York City Chaos: Explosion Reported Near Times Square

New York City Chaos: Explosion Reported Near Times Square

An explosion at the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City called an "attempted terrorist attack" injured at least four people, including the suspected bomber, who is in custody.

President Donald Trump used the attack to call for tougher U.S. immigration rules, saying the current "lax" policy "allows far too many risky, inadequately vetted people to access our country". "They yearn to attack New York City". Fire officials said the report of an explosion came in around 7:19 AM.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio said: "This is the most resilient place on earth, we proved it just over a month ago, we proved it on 9/11".

The attack was the second on New Yorkers in six weeks, coming after a man in a rented truck drove up a crowded bike path on Halloween, killing eight and injuring 12.

The weapon was based on a pipe bomb and attached to the suspect, police said.

A pedestrian named Antonio told Xinhua that he was really concerned that such incident might seriously affect tourism in New York City because people will be anxious about their safety and choose to travel to other places.

"There are no known additional incidents or activities", he said, adding that police will be on high alert. "Everybody was scared and running and shouting". Antonio works for a tourist bus company at Times Square.

"A woman fell, and nobody even stopped to help her because it was so crazy,"Alicja Wlodkowski, 51, told the Times".

The bus terminal is the busiest in the United States, according to the Port Authority.

The suspect's identity has not yet been released, but CBS reported it is a male suspect in his 20's, who is from Bangladesh and lives in Brooklyn. On a typical weekday, about 220,000 passengers arrive or depart on more than 7,000 buses.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the explosion, White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter.

On the West Coast, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation authority asked law enforcement for heightened security along bus and rail lines as a precaution.

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