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UAE Consulate cautions Emiratis in New York

The UAE Consulate issued a cautionary message to Emiratis following New York City’s attempted terror attack

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A policeman stands guard in Times Square not far from the site of a pipe bomb explosion on December 11, 2017 in New York City.

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.

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.