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Hanan Quoted In Wall Street Journal, “After Initial Scare, New Yorkers Carry On”

Media Source: Wall Street Journal

A 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant inspired by Islamic State internet propaganda set off a pipe bomb strapped to his body as he blended with rush-hour commuters in one of New York City’s busiest transit hubs Monday morning, authorities said, but the explosive fizzled, burning him and injuring three others.

Hanan Kolko, a 57-year-old labor lawyer who lives in Montclair, N.J., said his NJ Transit bus from Clifton to the Port Authority crawled through the Lincoln Tunnel. He said it took him 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to work, more than double the usual commute.

When his bus arrived at about 9:40 a.m., he saw scores of law-enforcement officers in the terminal, and his group was ushered out the 9th Avenue exit because the 8th Avenue side was blocked.

“It was eerie because the Port Authority was empty except for people being escorted out,” Mr. Kolko said. “Everybody was walking west and stores were closed.”

“It was a moment when I was proud to be a New Yorker,” he said, noting that police captured the alleged attacker quickly. “We were going to carry on our day, regardless of whether some guy tried to plant a bomb. Law enforcement did a great job, and we got to go on and do our thing.”

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