The MUSLIM TERRORIST has been identified as unmarried 27-year-old Bangladeshi national Akayed Ullah, who has been living in the U.S. for seven years. The Brooklyn-based Bangladeshi Muslim taxi driver, wearing a suicide vest, caused rush-hour panic in Manhattan when his pipe bomb exploded too early. Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the suspect ‘supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS’ and that it was ‘definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intentional.’
DailyMail A Bangladeshi national in his 20s has been taken into custody with serious injuries after a pipe bomb he was carrying malfunctioned and exploded prematurely inside a Midtown Manhattan subway station Monday morning. Three other people also reported to local hospitals for minor injuries like ringing in the ears and headaches.
Ullah came to the United States in 2011 through a policy termed as “chain migration.” He also had a second device with him, authorities have reported.
It was the second time in two months that New York City was the target of a terrorist attack, and the first since President Trump sparked Muslim outrage around the world last week by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The explosion happened around 7:20am, in an underground tunnel linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Times Square. The underground tunnel is a major thoroughfare for workers during the morning rush hour.
The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was walking east towards Times Square when a ‘low-tech’ explosive attached to his body with Velcro and zip ties partially exploded. Another five-inch metal pipe bomb was found on his person.
A photo from the scene shows Ullah crumpled up on the ground of the tunnel as police took him into custody. He was then rushed to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for serious burns and cuts to his abdomen and hands.
Law enforcement sources who spoke to CNN says Ullah is speaking to investigators at the hospital, and says he carried out the attack as revenge for recent actions by Israelis against Muslim Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
There have been reports that Ullah – a former taxi driver – was inspired by ISIS.