Port Authority bomber: Who is Akayed Ullah?
Akayed Ullah reportedly detonated a pipe bomb under New York City’s port authority. Here is what we know about the suspected terrorist.
A New York City terror suspect was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on terrorism and explosives charges connected to an alleged bombing at a transit terminal in December, the Prosecutor of the V. S. office announced.
Akayed Ullah was indicted by a jury in the Southern District of New York on six counts, including attempting to provide support to the Islamic State and the use of a weapon of mass destruction, the office said.
Akayed Ullah accused for terrorism and explosives charges in connection with the explosion of a bomb in New York City https://t.co/lSf3W2T7NU
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“Less than a month ago, during the holidays, rush hour, Akayed Ullah allegedly detonated a bomb in an important transport hub of New York City,” the Procurator of the s. S. Geoffrey S. Berman said in a press release. “In selecting this time and place, Ullah, the alleged target in the Port Authority bombardment was painfully clear: to inflict as much damage as possible and fear in the hearts of the New Yorkers in the name of ISIS. Ullah, the alleged plot failed, and he is now charged with federal terrorism violations and facing life behind bars.”
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The indictment comes almost a month after Ullah, 27, reportedly a pipe bomb in a subway passage in the Port Authority bus terminal during the morning rush hour on Dec. 11. The attack injured at least four people plus the suspect, who suffered burns and wounds to his abdomen and hands. He appeared to be the only person seriously injured during the incident.
Akayed Ullah is shown in 2011, a driver’s license. Ullah is suspected of strapping a pipe bomb on his body and it in a subway passage.
(New York Department of Motor Vehicles via AP)
Allegedly inspired by ISIS, Ullah allegedly from the “effective low-tech device,” but the explosion was not powerful enough to be the lead in deadly grenades, law enforcement said in December.
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New York-Mayor Bill de Blasio called the ” explosion “of an attempt at a terrorist attack.”
“Thank God the offender has not reached his ultimate goal,” de Blasio said after the incident.
The suspect, a man from Bangladesh, was in the U.S. on a chain migration visas, the Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said at the time. Ullah “is a legal permanent resident of the country in 2011 with the help of a “passport for the display of a F43 family immigrant visa,” Houlton said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.