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Malloy reminds CT about Homeland Security tip line in wake of NYC explosion

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New York City police responded to reports of an explosion near Times Square. (CBS) New York City police responded to reports of an explosion near Times Square. (CBS)
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NEW YORK (WFSB) -

A 27-year-old man is accused of detonating a pipe bomb in an attempted terrorist attack on New York City.

Connecticut's leaders took the opportunity to remind people about how to reach the state's Homeland Security tip line.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman released statements about the incident on Monday afternoon.

“Our thoughts are with New York City today, especially with the first responders and the injured innocent bystanders," Malloy said. "Keeping our citizens safe is our number one priority, and the public’s vigilance and partnership is critical to keeping authorities informed. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times and report questionable behavior to law enforcement. If you see something suspicious in your daily travels, say something.”

Wyman said that while she was relieved more people were not hurt, her heart went out to the victims.

"Once again, I am so grateful to the first responders on scene for their bravery and expertise," she said. "I join many others in standing with the people of New York in the face of yet another act of violence.”

Connecticut's Homeland Security tip line is available 24 hours a day and can be reached at 1-866-HLS-TIPS (1-866-457-8477) and on the web at www.ct.gov/demhs/sar.

New York City police said the explosion happened Monday morning at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, which is the Port Authority terminal.

They identified the suspect as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.

They said a homemade pipe bomb went off in a subway terminal around 7:15 a.m. and that Ullah was taken into custody afterward.

Police said Ullah had an explosive device strapped onto him with a combination of Velcro and zip ties when it exploded.

The New York City Fire Department confirmed that four people were hurt, including the suspect. All of the injuries were non-life-threatening.

Investigators believe the bomb prematurely detonated.

“There are no known additional incidents or activities," said Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City. "You will see additional NYPD presence throughout the city.”

The incident affected bus travel in and out of the city.

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