Report: New York City bombing suspect was inspired by ISIS
Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old from Bangladesh, allegedly inspired by the ISIS set off a pipe bomb in New York’s Port Authority bus terminal during rush hour of Monday morning; Laura Ingle reports from New York City.
A man from Bangladesh, allegedly inspired by the ISIS set off a pipe bomb in New York’s Port Authority bus terminal during rush hour of Monday morning, sowing mass chaos, but causing few injuries — probably because the “attempted terrorist” explode “a low-tech device” prematurely.
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)
Akayed Ullah, 27, from the “effective low-tech device” in an underground hallway just before 7:30 pm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference. Ullah, who lived in Brooklyn, had burns and wounds to his abdomen and hands and appeared to be the only person seriously injured in the pipe bomb explosion, authorities said.
At least four other people suffered minor injuries, including a ringing in the ears and headaches. Three have already been discharged from the hospital, officials told Fox News.
Another photo, allegedly from the terrorist: pic.twitter.com/racDVvHxu8
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BREAKING VIDEO: Moment of explosion at 42nd street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan pic.twitter.com/JwygdnnwNb
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“This is New York, the reality is that we have a purpose by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom,” said Cuomo.
New York city mayor Bill de Blasio said that the explosion “was an attempt at a terrorist attack,” adding there was no known threat to New York City. The authorities are of the view transit system video recorded of the incident.
“Thank God the offender has not reached his ultimate goal,” de Blasio said.
Police responding to reports of an explosion near the Port Authority.
Ullah the attack was inspired by ISIS, but he had no direct contact with the terrorist group, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. When you are prompted Ullah statements about ISIS, nypd commissioner James O’neill said the defendant did make statements, but he did not go into detail about what was said.
NYC mayor: Explosion was an attempt at a terrorist attack
Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said in a statement Ullah introduced in the U.S. in 2011 from Bangladesh on a chain migration visa. He had a “passport show of an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011. He added the suspect is a legal permanent resident.”
Ullah tied up the crude pipe bomb on his body with Velcro and zip ties. The suspect allegedly packaged the 5-inch metal pipe bomb and the battery in the right side of his coat, but the device exploded earlier than planned, law enforcement sources told The New York Post. The defendant said that he was the bomb at his workplace, law enforcement sources told Fox News. He reportedly worked at an electrical company.
Cuomo told NY1 officials “have reason to believe that [Ullah] went to the internet and found out how to make a homemade bomb.” Law enforcement sources told Fox News that Ullah had extended to foreign countries,” but there are no known co-conspirators. A large police presence was spotted shortly after the explosion in a section of Brooklyn that has a significant Bangladeshi population.
A NYPD source on the scene in the Port Authority told Fox News a device went out, and there was a bomb strapped to a person. The Port Authority Police Benevolent Association said its officials are seen as Jack Collins, Sean Gallagher, Drew Preston and Anthony Manferdini — names the suspect at gunpoint.
Akayed Ullah held a TLC For Hire Vehicle driver’s licence from March 2012 until March 2015, but was not extended after, the officials said.
(Deputy Commissioner, Public Affairs at NYC TLC)
President Trump was informed about the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted.
Monday’s explosion is the second ISIS-inspired attack in New York City in less than two months. An Oct. 31 terror eight people were killed and injured 11 others after a man drove a rented truck in people walking and cycling on a bike path in Lower Manhattan.
A number of people wrote on social media shortly after the reports of the Monday of the explosion, that there is mass chaos at the bus station, some say that there is a “stampede” when the explosion was heard.
A Greyhound bus driver, told Fox News he heard a loud sound and soon was ordered by the authorities to leave.
The port was temporarily closed on Monday after reports of an explosion.
(Alex Vros/Fox News)
“I have no quarrel with the guns,” said the man.
John, 25, was on his way to work when he heard about the explosion: “It is sad to say, but it’s just another day [here].”
The explosion was reported around 7:30 am, during the morning rush hour on the US’ largest bus terminal.
(Alex Vros/Fox News)
“It’s crazy. It is chaos at the moment,” said Lisa, 53, who was visiting in New York City from Columbus, Ohio. “You hear it or see it, but I did not expect to see this on my run for Starbucks.”
The port authority is the largest bus station in the US, and about 232,000 of commuters going through the area of the daily. The number of passengers is expected to jump to 337,000 daily in 2040.
The terminal was reopened Monday morning after it was temporarily closed. Several subway lines were suspended and redirected to bypass Times Square and the port authority after the incident.
Fox News’ John Roberts, Rick Leventhal and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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