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‘No Credible Threats to Chicago' After NYC Explosion: Police

There was "no credible threat to Chicago" after an explosion in New York City on Monday morning, Chicago police said, while adding that authorities were increasing patrols around transit stations.

"CPD stands behind the people of New York," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet. [[463394943, C]]

"While there are no credible threats to Chicago, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has increased patrols around CTA, METRA rail and major transit hubs," Guglielmi continued, urging residents to report any "irregular activity" to 911.

Chicago Police tweeted that the department is "closely monitoring events in New York" and officers "will be highly visible at transit hubs." [[463395093, C]]

One suspect was in custody after authorities said he detonated an improvised explosive device in an underground passageway near Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan at around 7:15 a.m.

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Two law enforcement officials said the suspect is of Bangladeshi descent and has a Brooklyn address, while NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the blast an act of terror at a late-morning news briefing, saying, "Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goal."

A law enforcement source said officers took down the suspect, believed to be a man in his 20s and the only person involved in the attack, cuffed him and brought him to a hospital with a serious stomach laceration. Three other people were hurt but are expected to be OK, authorities said.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has responded, and the White House says President Trump has been briefed on the situation.

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