NY bomb: Suspect reportedly inspired by IS' call for Christmas attacks

Marcus Newton
December 13, 2017

Authorities on Monday investigated two Brooklyn residences with connections to Ullah. At right, police patrol Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in the underground passageway where the explosion occurred.

"He made statements yesterday after his arrest and we've learned a lot", Miller said.

The suspect in a bomb attack on New York City's transit system has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terroristic threat, the New York Police Department announced Tuesday.

"Trump you failed to protect your nation", attacker Akayed Ullah apparently posted the morning of the explosion, according to the U.S. attorney's office for Southern New York. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, and three other people were injured.

He said that he was inspired by ISIS but had not gotten direct orders from the terror group. "I did it for the Islamic State", he told investigators, according to the federal criminal complaint.

The statement also said the family was outraged by some of law enforcement's tactics, including pulling a teenage relative from class and questioning him without a parent, guardian or attorney present. He says he wanted to carry out the terrorist attack in retribution for Muslim Palestinians. "Thank God the terrorist did not accomplish his goal".

Police and relatives said Ullah last visited Bangladesh in September to see his wife and newborn son.

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An official who wished not to be named told Los Angeles Times that Ullah was self-radicalised after being admitted to the United States from Bangladesh in 2011. He left both behind when he returned to the U.S. Investigators believe Ullah built a pipe bomb at his home, and used Christmas lights and a battery to detonate the device in the commuter tunnel, officials said.

Port Authority police said officers found the man injured on the ground, with wires protruding from his jacket and the device strapped to his torso.

The source said the explosion, if it had detonated properly, "could have inflicted a lot more harm".

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital after he sustained burns to his hands and abdomen.

Three commuters suffered minor injuries when Ullah set off his homemade bomb inside a tunnel linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the Times Square subway station about 7:20 a.m. Monday. Citizens have been able to apply for spouses, parents, children, siblings and the siblings' spouses and minor children; the would-be immigrants are then screened by USA officials to determine whether they can come. This official said the police charges would likely be dropped when federal charges are filed.

Investigators are interviewing Ullah's family and going through his social media accounts, phone records and messages, as well as financial records looking for large deposits or withdrawals, King said.

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