Boston Police On Alert After NYC Bombing

Boston Police Patrol Amid Possible Terror Threat (Credit: Getty Images/File Photo)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Police in Boston have "stepped up patrols," following an explosion inside an entrance to a subway platform  in New York City Monday.

Boston Police say while there does not seem to be a specific threat to the Boston area, they have stepped up patrol near major MBTA stations and remind officers to remain vigilant.

Boston Police say they remain in contact with authorities in New York City. 

Gov. Charlie Baker said the local-state-federal Fusion Center was getting briefings shortly after the explosion.

"And we're going to step up our presence in a number of public transportation spaces, but there is no immediate threat known at this time that involves anything in Boston or Massachusetts," he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones.

While presence is stepped up, Baker said he's not thinking of metal detectors at transportation centers.

"I think the most important thing is around this intelligence-gathering piece, and having a very visible presence in public spaces, and those are things that have been stepped up ever since Paris," he said.

The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail have also urged the public to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity to Transit Police at 617-222-1212 or use the MBTA See Say app.

Police in New York City say a pipe bomb detonated around 7:30 a.m inside an entrance to a subway platform near Times Square by a suspected suicide bomber 

He has been identified as Akayed Ullah, 27. Four people were hurt including Ullah, who is in custody.  

NYC officials say pipe bomber suspect had the device attached to himself with Velcro and zip ties. They also say the man said something before setting off the explosion,  but did not disclose what he said.

The incident triggered a massive police response, subway evacuation and service suspension at the one of the busiest transit hubs in the nation.  

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is working with police on establishing the bomber's motive. 

Passengers getting off the MBTA at Park Street Monday morning told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens how they felt after the bombing.

"I'm not that concerned about it, I feel generally pretty safe in Boston," said one passenger. "I guess I also just try not to think about it, because there is a lot going on."

"It's definitely a concern that gets in the back of my head, but I do trust the public transit here," said another. "I definitely think that if there was more police officers, I would feel better. I'm kind of putting my life in their hands."

(24/7 News Source contributed to this report).

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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