New York Explosion: Police Name Injured Suspect as Akayed Ullah
Albanian Daily News
Published December 11, 2017
New York police at the scene. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPAReports of New Yorkers frightened or panicked by the explosion are greatly exaggerated, Jamiles Lartey relays.
"It's the subway, you know," commuter Shaun Henderson said. "New Yorkers are used to this. The F train doesn't need a pipe bomb to be fucked up."
New York has quickly returned to its normal rhythm of work and tourism - not to mention annoyance at the normal subway delays - but as investigators look into the background of the suspect, Bill de Blasio's office has been keen to reassure residents and visitors to the city.
Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr issued a statement in line with those of the mayor and governor this morning, urging calm and resilience.
The people of New York City remain united against terror. While today's attack on our subway system reinforces our need to be vigilant, it will not break our resolve to live our lives as we see fit. No cowardly attack can change the core of who we are as New Yorkers.
I especially want to thank our first responders, including the New York City Police and Fire Departments, Port Authority Police Department and the MTA Police Department, for everything they do on a daily basis to keep our city safe and secure," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Jamiles Lartey and Paul Owen are reporting from midtown Manhattan, where dozens of police cars, armored trucks and fire department vehicles have swarmed and officers have blocked off stretches of 8th Avenue.
Rolling a large suitcase, Tina Grimes, 38, was supposed to be getting on a bus to Boston. "I came early to catch a bus around 8 and I'm just like, 'Whoa what's going on?' There were cops everywhere and the place was sealed off. it was scary."
Grimes said she doesn't know what to do now. "I don't know. It's too cold to walk around. Maybe I'll go shopping or something. Make the best of this extra day in New York."
Danny Nguyen, 24, saw the smoke and heard the explosion. Nguyen was waiting for a bus back to Philadelphia from the Port Authority, and described the police response.
"The police ran down and told us to grab our bags close to us," he said. "I saw a mom trying to take her daughter up the elevator the wrong way, just panicking."
After seeing the smoke, he said, "that's when everything connected and I realized this was serious."
Barbara Petro had been due to return to Columbia, Maryland, on a 9.25am bus. "I came to spend the weekend here, to see the art museums and Christmas scenes in the city."
Would this incident put her off doing that again? "No. It can happen in DC, it can happen in Chicago. I'm in a lot of big cities for work. I don't want people to think that these things will put us off from the city."
(Source: The Guardian)