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Bill Bratton: Port Authority Pipe Bomber May Have ISIS Links

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By    |   Monday, 11 December 2017 10:15 AM

An Islamic State-inspired immigrant may be behind the thunderous explosion that rocked the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City Monday morning, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC.

"Preliminary information indicates the attack was committed in the name of ISIS," said Bratton, who served two terms as the New York City Police Commissioner

He said the suspect — who reportedly had a pipe bomb strapped to his body — is "possibly" a Bangladeshi man who has been in the U.S. for about seven years.

The blast happened at 7:30 a.m. ET during rush hour in one of New York City's busiest commuter terminals. Authorities said four people — including the suspect who was taken into custody — were hurt in the explosion.

Police shut down all public transportation stops on 42nd Street.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio called the bombing an act of terrorism.

If the Islamic State is involved, it would be the second such ISIS-linked attack on New York City in the last two months.

In the first, Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant said to be inspired by ISIS, sped down a busy street in downtown Manhattan, mowing down pedestrians on a bike path and killing eight.

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