FBI releases never-before-seen video of Times Square bike bomber detonating explosive

Posted at 11:23 AM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 11:25:14-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department released never-before-seen surveillance video Tuesday, of the suspect involved in the unsolved 2008 bombing of the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square.

Officials also announced a reward of up to $65,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the unidentified biker. Authorities believe the suspect may be connected to two other unsolved bombings in New York City, one at the British Consulate in 2005 and the other at the Mexican Consulate in 2007.


Early on the morning of Thursday, March 6, 2008, a bomb exploded in New York’s Times Square at the Armed Forces Recruiting Station. The suspect rode a blue Ross bicycle west on 37th Street, took a right up Sixth Avenue, and made a left on 47th Street before turning left down Seventh Avenue, according to surveillance video released.

The suspect got off his bike near the recruiting station at West 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue, placed the explosive device at the recruiting station, lit a fuse, and fled the scene on the bicycle. Although the suspect appears to be working alone, he or she may have had a lookout or surveillance team of as many as five other individuals in Times Square at the time of the attack.

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A photograph of the blue Ross bicycle used by the suspect (FBI HANDOUT0

Authorities said, the suspect then rode his or her bike south on Broadway before turning left on 38th Street. The bike was later recovered in a dumpster near Madison Avenue and 38th Street.

The explosive device was built using an ammunition can commonly found on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials said. It was filled halfway with black powder and detonated using a time fuse. Although no one was wounded, the device could have caused significant casualties if people had been close to the blast.

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The aftermath from the blast at the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square. (FBI HANDOUT)

‘The FBI and the NYPD announced plans to use the hashtag #BikeBomber to disseminate information about the attacks and to solicit information on social media platforms.  The photos and video are also being displayed on digital billboards throughout the northeast, including in Times Square.