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.
Family members of the failed New York City terror bomber were blasted on social media Tuesday after they accused police of heavy-handed tactics — a charge that came a few hours after their son tried to massacre civilians in a crowded subway passage.
The family of Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man accused of detonating a pipe bomb filled with screws in the vicinity of Port Authority Monday during the morning rush hour, a report released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in New York say that they are “devastated” by the violence. But the statement then grew the officials of the law enforcement for “questioning” family members after the terrorist attack.
“We are heartbroken by the violence that was directed at our city today, and the allegations are made against a member of our family,” the family statement released by the AIR legal director Albert Fox Cahn said.
Akayed Ullah held a TLC For Hire Vehicle driver’s licence from March 2012 to March 2015.
(NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission via AP)
It added: “But we are also deeply shocked by the behaviour of law enforcement officials that children as small as four years in the cold, and that kept a teenager from the high school classes to interrogate him without a lawyer, without his parents.”
The family said they have “every confidence in” the AMERICAN legal system “find out the truth behind this attack.”
Akayed Ullah is suspected of strapping a pipe bomb on his body and it in a subway passage. (New York DMV via AP)
THE PORT AUTHORITY IS A BOMBARDMENT OF THE SUSPECT WROTE ON FACEBOOK: ‘TRUMP YOU FAILED TO PROTECT THE NATION
The statement prompted almost instantaneous outrage on social media, with several users say that the show was “offensive” in the middle of an attempt at a terrorist attack that would have killed dozens of people when the bomb detonated, as planned.
“Sorry, our son tried to blow up a lot of you are on your way to work today, but the police were quite rude to us and we want answers,” ex-CIA analyst and radio host Buck Sexton tweeted, mocking a list of the family and loss account.
“Sorry, our son tried to blow up a lot of you are on your way to work today, but the police were quite rude to us and we want answers” https://t.co/2nEN4czLx9
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) 12 December 2017
Talk show host Montel Williams tweeted: “This is moronic, insulting, morally indefensible statement by the AIR lawyer @CahnLawNY cost only @CAIRNational my support. I’m done with it.”
This moronic, abusive, morally indefensible statement by the AIR lawyer @CahnLawNY cost only @CAIRNational my support. I’m done with it. pic.twitter.com/zhMs6sSRyH
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) December 12, 2017
“I don’t understand this niet…de man tried to kill innocent people without taking into account and the family is now angry at some inconvenience?? She would have felt bad if there is “clunky” funerals! #the u.s. this madness to stop,” Twitter user @RealityBeaker wrote.
I understand this niet…de man tried to kill innocent people without taking into account and the family is now angry at some inconvenience?? She would have felt bad if there is “clunky” funerals! #usa ?? this madness to stop
— The Reality Beaker (@RealityBeaker) 12 December 2017
“Rude? Attempt to murder innocent Americans, while your family and son are privileged guests, gives you the right to be treated with kit gloves? REALLY? Haven’t you got anything worth sympathy, America wants and deserves answers,” @CindySm92914679 tweeted.
Rude? Attempt to murder innocent Americans, while your family and son are privileged guests, gives you the right to be treated with kit gloves? REALLY? Haven’t you got anything worth sympathy, America wants and deserves answers.
— Cindy Smith (@CindySm92914679) 12 December 2017
Wrote @SkipTerrio: “the only thing The Ullah family” would say, “We are deeply sorry for the unleashing of a psychopath in your midst.'”
The only thing the “Ullah family” would say, “We are deeply sorry for the unleashing of a psychopath in your midst.” https://t.co/U5FNd7lYIO
— Jack (@SkipTerrio) 12 December 2017
William F. Sweeney, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said in a press conference Tuesday, the bureau was only conducting the necessary interviews to ensure safety.
“Our teams make use of appropriate, reasonable, and legitimate methods for carrying out these goals. But to be clear, our teams will move with speed and movement with a purpose,” Sweeney said.
Ullah was inspired by ISIS, and said that he was angered by the U.S. policy on the Middle East when he was the orchestrated attack, the criminal complaint said. He wrote on Facebook before you board a crowded subway train — with the pipe bomb strapped on his body-that Trump has “failed to protect” the nation. Ullah was charged Tuesday with the support of an act of terrorism, making terrorist threats and criminal possession of a weapon.
A motorcycle is parked in front of a building where 27-year-old man from Bangladesh Akayed Ullah, used to live in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Ullah introduced in the U.S. on a chain migration visa from Bangladesh and lived in Brooklyn with his mother, sister and two brothers, Reuters reported.
Abdul Ahad, Ullah’s uncle, the suspect is the woman and her parents are interviewed by officials of Bangladesh are combating Terrorism and Transnational Crime Department, said Abdul Mannan, an official involved in the investigation.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called for an end to the chain migration visa and a switch to a merit-based system to prevent terror suspects from entering the country.
“That means that the care of the best and the brightest and not only the terrorists, but gang members and criminals,” Sessions said. “We should give priority to people who are likely to thrive here—as those who speak English or are well-educated—not someone chosen at random, or who happen to be someone a family member.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam