Dubai: The UAE Consulate in New York has issued a warning message to Emiratis following an attempted terror attack on Monday.
According to media reports, four people were injured Monday in the blast that rocked a subway station in the heart of Manhattan, in what the city's mayor said was an "attempted terrorist attack."
In a tweet on Monday, the consulate cautioned Emiratis to remain vigilant at all times and to avoid 42nd Street and 8th Avenue.
UAE citizens: Due to an incident in NYC, avoid 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan. For emergencies, call 911. If you need further assistance, please call the Consulate at 646-630-2575. @MOFAUAE— UAE Consulate in NYC (@UAEinNYC) December 11, 2017
In the event of any necessary assistance, citizens can contact the consulate’s number at +1 646-630-2575.
The blast - which took place in the station at the Port Authority bus terminal, not far from New York's iconic Times Square - sparked commuter panic and travel disruptions.
The suspect, identified as Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah, was in custody, according to police.
New York police commissioner James O'Neill said the 27-year-old suspect had strapped the explosive device to his body. He suffered burns to the hands and abdomen, and other injuries.
Investigators have also been searching Ullah’s apartment, interviewing witnesses and relatives, and looking for surveillance footage that may show his movements in the moments before the attack.
The NYPD & @NewYorkFBI are looking to speak to anyone who was a witness at this morning’s explosion in the Port Authority Bus Terminal or that has information. Call 888-NYC-SAFE or 800-CALL-FBI. Witnesses can also visit @NYPD10Pct at 230 W. 20th Street, #Manhattan. #PortAuthority— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017