Mayor Bill de Blasio has said ‘terrorists won’t win’ in a speech after a blast in the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan this morning.

The suspect, named Akayed Ullah, 27, was wounded when a ‘low tech explosive device’ strapped to his body exploded in an underpass, officials state. Four other people have sustained minor injuries.

The mayor said it is believed he acted alone.

Governor of the New York, Andrew Cuomo said:

‘This is New York. The reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom.
‘We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbour and that makes us an international target.’

Emergency services blocked off several blocks of the city in response also.

The explosion went off at approximately 7:30 (12:30 GMT).

Subway stations nearby were evacuated, and the bus terminal was temporarily shut. It is the largest and busiest bus terminal in the world, with more than 65 million commuters going through it per year.

We’ll update as more details come out. However, if there is one thing we’ve learned this year about the people of New York, its that terrorists never win.

Thank goodness nobody was killed.