Accused NYC subway bomber is expected to face federal charges

NEW YORK – A candidate suicide bomber was held Tuesday on state terrorism, while the federal prosecutors prepared their own case in the rush hour blast in the heart of the New York City subway system that does not lead to the bloodshed he intended, the officials said.

Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged Tuesday with the support of an act of terrorism, making a terrorist threat and possession of weapons, according to the New York Police Department. An announcement on the federal charges are expected later.

It was unclear whether the Bangladeshi immigrant, who was admitted to the hospital with burns to his hands and stomach, and is good enough to make a court appearance.

Abroad, Bangladesh counter-terrorism officers asked the woman and other family members of Ullah, officials there said Tuesday. Family members and police said Ullah last visit to Bangladesh in September to see his wife and newborn son before leaving them behind to return to the United States.

Hours after Monday’s explosion in an underground passage between two of Manhattan’s busiest stations, President Donald Trump, took out the background of the bomber of a renewed his call for a further investigation of foreigners who come to the country and less immigration based on family ties.

Ullah — who told investigators he wanted to take revenge for the American action against the Islamic State extremists came to the U.S. from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa available for certain relatives of AMERICAN citizens.

“The current terror suspect came into our country through the extended family chain migration, which is not compatible with the national security,” Trump said in a statement that the name for several changes to the immigration system. Earlier, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump proposed policy “would be able to prevent it.”

On his last visit to Bangladesh, the suspect remained mostly in a small apartment in Dhaka’s Hazribagh area, said his uncle, Abdul Ahad. His cousin arrived in Bangladesh on Sept. 8 and returned to New York on Oct. 22, he said.

“He went out of his residence to offer prayers at a nearby mosque,” Ahad told The Associated Press.

In a scenario, New York had feared for a year, Ullah strapped on a crude pipe bomb with Velcro and plastic straps, slipped unnoticed into the nation’s busiest subway system, and turn the device off, authorities said.

The device does not work as intended; authorities said Ullah was the only person seriously injured. But the attack sent frightened commuters on the flight by a smoky hallway, and three people suffer from headaches and ringing in the ears of the first bombing in the metro in more than two decades.

Despite his injuries, Ullah said investigators from his hospital bed, law enforcement officials said. He was all over the place,” about his motive, but indicated that he wanted to take revenge on what he portrayed as the AMERICAN aggression against the Islamic State group, the police official said.

The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the blast.

Ullah a low-tech bomb used explosive powder, a nine volt battery, a Christmas light, and competitions, the officials said. The researchers said the suspect was seen on surveillance images ignite the bomb. In the end, it was not powerful enough to be the lead in deadly grenades, the officials said.

Law enforcement officials said Ullah looked at propaganda online, but is not known to have any direct contact with the militants and probably acted alone.

The attack came less than two months after eight people died in the vicinity of the World Trade Center in a truck attack, authorities said, was carried out by an Uzbek immigrant who is an admirer of the Islamic State of the group.

Since 1965 America’s immigration policy is aimed at giving preference to people with a high education or skills, or people with family ties to AMERICAN citizens and, in some cases, legal permanent residents. Citizens are able to apply for spouses, parents, children, brothers and sisters, and the siblings’ spouses and minor children; – the candidate-immigrants are then screened by U.S. officials to determine whether they can come.

Trump’s management has called for a “merit-based” immigration system that would limit family-based green cards to spouses and minor children.

Ullah lived with his father, mother and brother in a Brooklyn neighborhood with a large Bangladeshi community, the residents said. He was licensed to drive a livery cab between 2012 and 2015, but the permit is allowed to expire, according to law enforcement officials and New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.

John Miller, NYPD Deputy-Commissioner for Counterterrorism, said Tuesday on CBS “this morning” that Ullah did not seem to have obvious problems.

“He was living here, went through a number of jobs, was not particularly struggling financially or had all the known pressure,” Miller said, adding Ullah “was not on our radar at the NYPD, not the FBI radar.”

Security cameras captured the attacker walk casually through a crowded hallway when the bomb went off at 7:20 p.m. A plume of white smoke was raised to the man sprawled out on the ground and commuters scattering.

Port Authority police said that the officials of the man wounded on the ground, with wires hanging from his coat, and the device strapped to his torso. She said that he was for the reach of a mobile phone and she grabbed his hands.


Associated Press writers Tom Hays and Jake Pearson, Kiley Armstrong, Larry Neumeister and David James Jeans in New York, Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles, Mat Pennington in Washington, D. C., and AP researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.

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