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Update: Explosion in NYC subway tunnel called an 'attempted terrorist attack'

Government officials said an explosion in a New York City subway tunnel packed with Monday morning commuters was linked to terrorism.

Police took Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old male, into custody after an "improvised low-tech explosive device," strapped to his body went off, New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said in a news conference Dec. 11. The suspect made statements, O'Neill said, though he declined to disclose what they were.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described the incident as "an attempted terrorist attack."

"Thank God he did not achieve his ultimate goals," de Blasio added.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident.

In addition to the suspect, who was taken to a hospital with burns, three other people sustained minor injuries, police said.

The explosive device was a pipe bomb that the suspect affixed to his body with Velcro and zip ties, said John Miller, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism.

The explosion took place at about 7:20 a.m. ET in a tunnel that provides connections to different subway lines as well as the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Earlier, the bus terminal was evacuated, though officials said it reopened at about 9:30 a.m. ET.

Several subway lines were still being re-routed as of about 10:00 a.m., though officials expected full service to be restored by the evening rush hour.

Investors seemed to shrug off the attempted attack, with stocks opening higher as news organizations sorted through information about the incident. The S&P 500 was up 0.10% to 2654.04 at around 10:30 a.m. ET.

The incident comes less than two months after a man driving a rental truck crashed into a bike lane in lower Manhattan in the afternoon of Oct. 31, killing eight people and injuring 12 others in what authorities called an apparent terror attack. The suspect in that case faces multiple charges of murder and attempted murder.