Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Port Authority explosion: Suspect ID'd in 'attempted terrorist attack'


Port Authority explosion: Suspect ID'd in 'attempted terrorist attack'
A Bangladeshi man reportedly inspired by ISIS set off a pipe bomb inside New York's Port Authority bus terminal during rush hour Monday morning, sowing mass chaos but causing few injuries -- likely because the "attempted terrorist" detonated his "low-tech device" prematurely.



Akayed Ullah, 27, set off the "effectively low-tech device" in a subway passageway just before 7:30 a.m., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news conference. Ullah, who lived in Brooklyn, suffered 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 three other people suffered minor injuries, including ringing in the ears and headaches. They are in stable condition and expected to be released later Monday, the hospital said in a statement to Fox News.

“This is New York, the reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom," Cuomo said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the explosion "was an attempted terrorist attack," adding there was no additional known threat to New York City. Authorities are investigating transit system video that captured the incident.

"Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals," de Blasio said.

Ullah's attack was inspired by ISIS, but he had no direct contact with the terrorist group, law enforcement officials said. When asked if Ullah made statements about ISIS, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the suspect did makes statements, but he did not go into detail about what was said.

Ullah strapped the crude pipe bomb to his body with Velcro and zip ties. The suspect allegedly packed the 5-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack into the right side of his jacket, but the device exploded earlier than intended, law enforcement sources told The New York Post. The suspect told police he made the bomb at the electrical company where he works, The New York Post reported.

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