NEW YORK – In less than 24 hours, authorities say that a candidate suicide bomber in the failed attack on Manhattan transportation hub under Times Square was an open-and-shut case after a search of his apartment and the questioning of the suspect (his own words.
Akayed Ullah, who expects his first appearance on Wednesday, made clear by a hospital bed, where he was treated for burns of a pipe bomb he strapped to his body that he is on a mission to punish the United States for the attacks of the Islamic State group, said the Acting Prosecutor of the V. S. Joon Kim. A search of the Bangladeshi immigrant apartment turned bomb-making materials, such as screws that match those found at the scene referred to as carnage-the making of shrapnel.
“The motivation of his choice,” the prosecutor said, “was no mystery.”
Kim said Ullah picked up the morning rush hour on Monday to maximize the casualties in his quest “to kill, maim and destroy.”
Ullah, 27, with a hate-filled heart and a bad aim,” carried out the attack after researching how to build a bomb a year ago and a plan for its mission for a few weeks, Kim said.
The bomb was put together in the last week on the basis of fragments of a metal tube, a battery and a christmas tree bulb, together with the metal screws, authorities said.
The defendant “had apparently hoped to die in his own misplaced anger, where as many innocent people as he could with him, but by incredible luck, his bomb does not seriously injure someone else than themselves,” Kim said.
Ullah was charged with providing material support to a terrorist group, the use of a weapon of mass destruction, and three bomb-related counts. He can get life in prison.
With a tragedy averted and a growing certainty that he acted alone, attention turned to how best to secure New York City of the enormous possibilities of the public transport network and the task of determining who is eager to do it harm.
The security should any member of the public to help,” said the New York police officer James O’neill. “It requires their vigilance.”
There was also political consequences, strengthened by the news that Ullah had reviled President Donald Trump on Facebook with a post that read, “Trump you failed to protect your nation.”
In response to the bombing, the president asked for a tightening of the immigration rules that allowed Ullah to the country in 2011, a visa available for certain relatives of AMERICAN citizens. Less than two months ago, an Uzbek immigrant who came to the U.S. via a visa lottery was accused of killing eight people in New York city by mowing them down with a truck along a bike path.
“We go to the end, both of them, the lottery system and chain migration. We are going to end them quickly,” Trump said at the White House.
Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley requested background information about Ullah visa history and whether he’s ever been on a terrorism watch list.
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 from 2012 to 2015, but the permit is allowed to expire, the officials said.