Responding to report of Times Square area explosion

Police secure Eighth Avenue outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal following an explosion near New York's Times Square on Monday Dec. 11 2017. Police said a man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in an underground passageway unde

An explosion from an apparent pipe bomb detonated near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City during rush hour Monday morning, and a suspect has been taken into custody.

It is not yet known whether the explosion was on or near a bus, but a total of four non life-threatening injuries have been reported.

Witnesses on the scene said they heard two explosions and said there was an orderly evacuation. "He intentionally detonated that device", Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. He was stripped of his clothes to remove it. Fire officials said the suspect had burns to his hands and abdomen. The residents have also been advised to avoid the area.

New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio said the city was fortunate the incident was not worse. "Thank God the suspect did not achieve his goals".

Gov. Andrew Cuomo described Ullah as a disgruntled lone wolf. All of the injuries were non-life-threatening, according to the Fire Department of NY.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed that the suspect was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011.

Ullah is from the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong and is a US resident, said the country's police chief.

A statement released Monday night by relatives said Ullah's family is heartbroken and deeply saddened by the suffering the attack has caused.

"America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many unsafe, inadequately vetted people to access our country", he said.

The statement was released on behalf of the family by Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in NY.

- Grainy surveillance footage shows commuters walking through a tunnel when a burst of smoke erupts into the hallway, quickly filling it. Commuters flinch and take cover. The bomber goes down as the people around him flee. "Info is preliminary, more when available", it tweeted.

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New York City Police Department Deputy Commissioner John Miller informed the press conference on Monday that approximately 26 plots have been prevented through intelligence investigation in New York City since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. "We don't live in fear".

Sanders added that the country "must move to a merit-based system of immigration". Some subway train lines were evacuated following the explosion. "It sounded like a loud gunshot. I was freaking out", he said.

John Miles, 28, from Vermont, was waiting for a bus to MA. "That said, since he held an FHV license, if in fact he did drive, we do know that it could not have been a yellow taxi". Then "police from every corner started flooding the place saying, 'Grab your bags, grab your bags, everybody out of the building right now!'"

- Cuomo said it was an amateur, "effectively low-tech device".

"The reality turned out better than the initial expectation and fear", he said.

On Halloween, a truck attack in lower Manhattan killed eight people and injured 12.

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- Ferdous said Ullah and his wife have a 1-year-old child, but she was not sure of the gender and had no information as to whether the wife was living in Dhaka or just visiting. "And let's also be clear, this was an attempted terrorist attack". "You can't stay locked up in your house all the time". "You got to work".

McCoy reported from New York, Bacon from McLean, Va.

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