Times Square Bombing Suspect From Brooklyn, Says NYPD (Updated)

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    The 27-year-old suspect in the Times Square pipe bombing is from Brooklyn. Police plan to search his home, whose location and neighborhood have not been revealed.

    During a press conference this morning, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the suspect has been identified as Akayed Ullah. Originally from Bangladesh, he has been in the United States for seven years.

    He is in custody after setting off an explosion in the subway tunnel under 42nd Street between 7th and 8th avenues at around 7:30 a.m. this morning, in what Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling an attempted terrorist attack.

    The explosion, caused by an “improvised low-tech explosive device,” went off prematurely, according to the New York Times.

    The Fire Department tweeted that four injuries had been reported, one of them being the suspect. The Port Authority and Times Square stations have been evacuated, and subway service has been disrupted across the city.

    Update at 12:10 p.m.: The New York Daily News is reporting that police closed an entire block of East 48th Street in Flatlands, where they believe the suspect lived. They have also rushed a woman out of another address, near Ocean Parkway and Newkirk Avenue in Kensington.

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