Responding to report of Times Square area explosion

Port Authority police watch as people evacuate after an explosion at the Port Authority bus terminal on Monday in NY.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly while the investigation is ongoing, said Akayed Ullah, a Bangladesh native in the US since 2011, has been cooperating with authorities from the New York City Police Department and the FBI is interrogating him extensively.

A law enforcement official familiar with the Ullah investigation said investigators have found evidence that he watched Islamic State propaganda on the internet.

Being treated: Ullah is now at Bellevue Hospital, where he is being treated for lacerations and burns to his hands and abdomen, New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

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- He arrived in the United States on an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011, DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton said, calling him a "lawful permanent resident from Bangladesh who benefited from extended family chain migration".

- He recently did electrical work close to Port Authority with his brother. "It was scary. It was just a lot of chaos but I didn't see any injuries".

"This is NY, the reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom", Governor Cuomo said. "It sounded like a loud gunshot".

"When you hear about a bomb in the subway station, it is in many ways one of our worst nightmares".

Marlyn Yu Sherlock was at a retail store on the main floor of the terminal when people began flooding out of the subway entrance, "screaming, running in panic", she said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the perpetrator used an amateur "effectively low-tech device".

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"We didn't take it as anything" at first, Stewart said.

On Halloween, a truck attack in lower Manhattan killed eight people and injured 12.

The incident was the second in the fourth quarter of the year that New York City saw one individual conducted terror attack in the busiest areas of Manhattan.

"That is when people start to get a little insane", she said.

"I didn't know what was going on". "And let's also be clear, this was an attempted terrorist attack".

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