Port Authority explosion suspect: What we know about Akayed Ullah


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.

An attempt to suicide which is a rush hour explosion in the nation’s busiest bus station of Bangladesh national living in Brooklyn who was inspired by ISIS, law enforcement officials said.

The suspect in Monday morning blast at Port Authority in midtown Manhattan has been identified as Akayed Ullah, 27. Ullah strapped a pipe bomb to his body with Velcro and zip ties, and it explodes in a subway corridor, police said.

Details about a possible motive is unclear, although analysts at the SITE Intelligence Group noted that the pro-ISIS-Maqdisi media group suggested a link between the attack and the President Trump’s decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, The Washington Post reported.

What do we know about the suspect?

This photo of 2011, a driver’s license shows Akayed Ullah, the accused of the explosion in the vicinity of New York city’s Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

(New York Department of Motor Vehicles via AP)

Ullah lived in Brooklyn, after he was in the U.S. in 2011 from Bangladesh on a chain migration visas, the Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said in a statement.

The DHS said Ullah came to the U.S. on a F43 visa, a preferential visas available for people with family in the U.S. who are citizens.

He was regarded as a “Lawful Permanent Resident of Bangladesh,” Houlton told Fox News.

Law enforcement officials said Ullah was inspired by ISIS, but do not seem to have direct contact with the group and likely acted alone.

Ullah was a licensed taxi driver from March 2012 to March 2015, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission confirmed to Fox News. Are TLC For the Hire of a Car licence is not renewed after 2015.

The TLC spokesperson will not confirm “whether he drove for a certain basis, or that he simply got the license, but not drive.” He said Ullah was not a license for a yellow taxi.

An Uber spokeswoman confirmed to Fox News that the ride-sharing company has no record of Ullah “is connected to the Uber platform.” Lyft also not “all records” that Ullah worked, a spokesman told Fox News.

From police sources:

— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) December 11, 2017

What do we know about the attack?

The suspect allegedly packaged in a 5-inch metal pipe bomb and the battery in the right side of his jacket, according to The New York Post. Ullah told the police he made the bomb on his work, law enforcement sources told Fox News.


New york Port Authority terror explosion: What we know

The Post reported that he worked for an electrical company.

The device was an “effective low-tech device,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Officials said they are investigating whether the suspect detonated the bomb intentionally or if it went out prematurely.

The explosion took place just before 7:30 a.m. in the area of 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, law enforcement officials said. The explosion caused a massive emergency response by the police and fire both above and below the ground, not in the knot, metro, and bus service from the port authority.

New York city mayor Bill de Blasio said that the explosion was an “attempted terrorist attack.”

“At this point in time,” is the only defendant is the man already in custody, de Blasio said Monday morning, adding that the city is fortunate to have the suspect not to reach its intended goals.

At least four people, including the suspect, were injured in the explosion, an NYPD spokeswoman confirmed to Fox News Monday afternoon. Three patients discharged from the hospital.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Rick Leventhal, John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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