Authorities: NYC bomb suspect began radicalisation in 2014
The 27-year-old Akayed Ullah charged with 5 criminal counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction after an attempt to explode a pipe bomb in New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal.
The Bangladeshi man accused of strapping a pipe bomb to his body and detonate in a subway passage Monday wrote on Facebook before the attack that President Trump “failed to protect” the USA and left handwritten notes at his home, saying: “O America, that in your anger,” an indictment of Akayed Ullah stated.
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 his crude device was detonated just before 7:30 a.m. in a crowded underground passageway in the vicinity of Port Authority.
The defendant told the authorities that he planned the attack “for the Islamic State” and was angry about the AMERICAN policy in the Middle East, according to the indictment released on Tuesday.
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On his Facebook page, Ullah wrote: “Trump you failed to protect your nation.”
The pipe bomb packed with explosive powder, but it didn’t go off as intended when he is lit with christmas lights, competitions, and nine-volt battery, the complaint said. The device was filled with metal screws to “inflict maximum damage” and attached to his body with zip ties. New York city mayor Bill de Blasio called the episode an “attempted terrorist attack.”
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
Akayed Ullah is suspected of strapping a pipe bomb on his body and it in a subway passage.
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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. He remains in hospital and is expected to be arraigned later on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Monday morning bombing led to mass chaos and a large response of police and justice at the port authority.
Ullah began radicalizing as early as 2014, the complaint stated, adding that he had looked to ISIS propaganda online, including instructions on how to perform an attack in the U.S. if they could not travel abroad to join ISIS. He learned how to make the bomb online about a year ago and have spent the last two to three weeks the planning of the attack. Ullah 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.
Several handwritten notes, including one that said, “O America, die in your rage” were found studded bomb-materials in Brooklyn his home.
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.”
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.
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“He stayed with his wife and 6-month-old baby boy,” he said, adding Ullah was a quiet person who rarely socialized.
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.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam