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New York explosion 'attempted terror attack' - Bomber used 'low-tech amateurish device', say police

The governor of New York City paid tribute to the emergency services after an attempted terrorist attack in the city on Monday.

A pipe bomb strapped to man exploded on a subway platform causing panic in Manhattan at around 7.20am.

The male suspect was arrested and has non-life-threatening injuries, the New York Police Department said.

He has been identified as 27-year-old Akayad Ullah and suffered minor burns. Police have said he had given statements but refused to disclose what he said.

Three others were also injured although their injuries were not thought to be serious.

The explosion at a terminal on 42nd Street and 8th Avenue.

Governor Andrew Cuomo described the device used as "low-tech".

"Thankfully this was an amateur-level explosive device," he said.

"This as case of the reality being much better than what could have been," he told the press.

He said the city was returning to normal at around 9.30am and paid tribute to the reaction of all the emergency services and agencies that responded.

"This is New York," he added, "and the reality is we are a target."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Donald Trump was informed.

Mr Trump "has been briefed on the explosion in New York City", she said.

Andre Rodriguez, 62, told the New York Times that he heard an explosion shortly before 7.30am.

He added: "I was going through the turnstile. It sounded like an explosion, and everybody started running."

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