Sources confirm NYC bomb suspect originally from Bangladesh
Laura Ingle reports from outside the Port Authority Bus terminal in New York City.
The Bangladeshi man accused of strapping a pipe bomb to his body and detonate in a subway passage Monday drove with the device taped to his stomach during the train ride from Brooklyn to Port Authority — are under straphangers for nearly an hour before the explosion, a report said.
Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old, who lived in Brooklyn and in the US in 2011 through chain migration, was the only person seriously injured when the crude device was detonated just before 7:30 a.m. in a crowded underground passageway in the vicinity of Port Authority.
The pipe bomb packed with explosive powder, but it didn’t go off as intended when he is inflamed with a Christmas light, competition, and nine-volt battery, the officials said. New York city mayor Bill de Blasio called the episode an “attempted terrorist attack.”
Akayed Ullah held a TLC For Hire Vehicle driver’s licence from March 2012 to March 2015.
But just before Ullah arrived in midtown Manhattan, he took the train from Brooklyn to his house, sitting next to the scores of unsuspecting commuters for about an hour, the New York Daily News reported.
“He got on the train ready to go,” a law enforcement source told the New York Daily News.
PORT AUTHORITY EXPLOSION SUSPECT: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT AKAYED ULLAH
Ullah told the police that he chose the particular spot in the hallway, after he saw a Christmas-poster, the source said, adding: “he said that He was” set it off ” in that time and place. That is the moment when he decided to do it.”
Ullah was charged Tuesday with the support of an act of terrorism, making terrorist threats and criminal possession of a weapon.
Akayed Ullah is suspected of strapping a pipe bomb on his body and it in a subway passage.
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Law enforcement officials said Monday the attack was inspired by ISIS. Ullah had looked at the ISIS propaganda online and told investigators he was retaliating against the U.S. military actions, the officials familiar with the investigation said. He learned how to make the bomb online. He was also not on the radar of law enforcement officials prior to the attack, John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism, told CBS on Tuesday.
The suspect lived with his mother, sister and two brothers and returned to Bangladesh in September to see his wife and newborn son. Law enforcement sources also told Fox News Ullah had extended to foreign countries.”
Monday morning bombing led to mass chaos and a large response of police and justice at the port authority.
Ullah’s uncle, Abdul Ahad, said the suspect remained mostly in a small apartment in Dhaka’s Hazribagh area when he recently made a visit to Bangladesh.
“He went out of his residence to offer prayers at a nearby mosque,” Ahad told The Associated Press.
He said Ullah arrived in Bangladesh on Sept. 8 and returned to New York on Oct. 22.
“He stayed with his wife and 6-month-old baby boy,” he said, adding Ullah was a quiet person who rarely socialized.
NYC mayor: Explosion was an attempt at a terrorist attack
Authorities in Bangladesh were working on tracing family members and any employees of Ullah, who has no criminal record in Bangladesh, Reuters reported.
“The police is looking for his family, but so far they have not been able to trace them,” Abul Khair Nadim, Chairman of Musapur Union council, said.
Ullah’s family also released a statement saying they were deeply saddened by the attack, but also expressing outrage for the way Muslims have reportedly been the target of law enforcement. The family said that it expects more of the justice system.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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