Incident Summary:

12/11/2017: A suicide bomber detonated explosives at Port Authority Bus Terminal between Seventh and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. In addition to the assailant, three civilians were injured in the blast. Akayed Ullah, a jihadi-inspired extremist, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated "They've been bombing in my country and I wanted to do damage here," and "I did it for the Islamic State." In April 2021, Ullah was sentenced to life plus 30 years.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Seventh and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Specific Description Bus Terminal
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A crude metal pipe bomb consisting of match heads and sugar, screws, Christmas light wires, and a nine-volt battery was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 3
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"New York bombing suspect charged," BBC, December 12, 2017.
"NY Port Authority suspect blames bombing on Israeli actions in Gaza," Jerusalem Post, December 11, 2017.
"NYC Subway Bomber Sentenced To Life Plus 30 Years," Cliffside Park-Edgewater, April 22, 2021.