Let’s hear it for the quick work of the NYPD and the resiliency of New Yorkers. This morning, a would-be suicide bomber caused an explosion in an underground subway passage between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, wounding four people. It’s a miracle more people weren’t hurt; police believe the explosive device detonated prematurely. Two Port Authority Police Department officers grabbed the injured bomber and successfully removed his remaining explosives without further harm to anyone.
New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, who covers ISIS, wrote earlier today, “After every attack where the casualties are few, I see misinformed people labeling it a ‘failed terror attack’ and theorizing ISIS won’t claim it because it was botched. Let’s be clear: This man walked into Times Square wearing a bomb. That is not a fail in ISIS’ eyes.”
Indeed, we were lucky this time. But the city is also resilient. About twenty minutes ago, I took the New York City subway from Penn Station to Columbus Circle. The 42nd Street Station is evacuated, and the empty platforms looked spooky, but beyond the immediate vicinity of the blast, busy New Yorkers are going about their Monday morning business. There’s a bit more of a visible police presence in Penn Station, on the subway platforms, and in the streets, but by and large, for many New Yorkers, this will be a typically blustery December Monday.