NYC attack: Who is suspect Akayed Ullah?

Ross Houston
December 14, 2017

Ullah is from the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong and is a U.S. resident, said the country's police chief.

Witnesses have described terrifying scenes with people "running for their lives" after a terror-related explosion inside the NY subway system during Monday morning rush hour. Ullah is being treated with severe burns in the abdomen and hands at Bellevue Hospital, and police inspectors have interrupted the interrogation several times to let him pray.

Members of New York's Bangladeshi community are denouncing his actions, saying this behavior does not represent them.

WABC reported that the suspect has been in the United States for seven years and has an address in New York's Brooklyn borough.

- The suspect made the bomb last week at his apartment in Brooklyn, a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

Video posted on showed smoke and a man lying in the tunnel that connects sections of the Times Square subway station and the bus station.

The suspect "did make a statement" before setting off the device, New York Police chief James P O'Neill told reporters when asked if he had links to the Islamic State, but refused to divulge more.

The New York Fire Department received call around 7.19 am.

He said there was "no credible and specific threat directed at New York City right now".

- The device was a pipe bomb affixed to his person with a combination of Velcro and zip ties, John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, said.

Shortly before 11 a.m., the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that while the A, C, and E trains were still bypassing the 42nd Street Port Authority stop, a number of other trains - including the 1, 2, and 3 and the N, Q, and R, had resumed making station stops at the Times Square 42nd Street station.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was "an attempted terrorist attack".

Passengers from the subway are being evacuated for precaution. "But we will give you more information, of course, as the investigation unfolds", de Blasio said.

Christina Bethea, 29, a security guard from Yonkers, a New York City northern suburb, said she was getting off a southbound 1 line subway train en route to work Monday morning when she heard a loud noise. Police officers, firefighters and Port Authority counterterrorism officials tried to clear commuters from the bus station and the west side of 8th Avenue as sirens blared.

"This is NY".

"I was going through the turnstile", he said.

President Donald Trump was briefed about the incident, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said.

On Oct. 31, a motorist in a rented pickup drove down a lower Manhattan bike path, killing eight people and wounding a dozen more before crashing into a school bus.

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