MAYNILA, Pilipinas – There were no reports yet of Filipino casualty in the recent New York City bomb attack that injured at least five people, including the suspect, on Monday morning, December 11.
The Philippine consulate said they have yet to receive information whether any Filipino was affected by the explosion.
“To date, the Philippine Consulate General has yet to receive reports from New York Authorities of any Filipinos/FilAms affected by the incident,” said a statement from the consulate general.
Nevertheless, the consulate advised Filipinos in the Big Apple to call its hotline, 9172940196, for any information regarding fellow kababayans who may have been affected by the explosion, as well as for them to avoid the area for the time being while the incident is being investigated.
Meanwhile, the bomber, identified by New York Police as 27-year-old Bangladeshi Akayed Ullah is now in custody.
Ullah is reportedly a limousine driver who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).
According to CNN, Ullah wore an “improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body” or a pipe bomb which he detonated in the terminal at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan near Times Square.
He is currently being treated at the Bellevue Hospital for lacerations and burns while the other victims are being treated for minor injuries in other hospitals.