Suspect in New York City subway bomb attack charged

Cheryl Sanders
December 16, 2017

A 27-year-old male suspect from Bangladesh detonated a homemade pipe bomb in a walkway at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square Monday morning, injuring four people including the suspect and causing chaos during the rush hour, the NY authorities said, calling it "an attempted terror attack".

Talking to The Daily Star yesterday, several Bangladeshis living in the U.S., particularly in NY, slammed the violent incident and said the terror attack has badly embarrassed the entire community.

Federal authorities charged Ullah with providing material support to a terrorist organization and using weapons of mass destruction.

"We have found his wife and in-laws in Dhaka", one of the police officials said.

The suspect, photographed lying face down, with tattered clothes and burns on his exposed torso, has been co-operating with police as he is treated at New York's Bellevue Hospital.

Four Port Authority police officers, one of them from Rockland, are being hailed as heroes for apprehending a man who is accused of a pipe bomb attack near Times Square on Monday.

The Bangladesh origin suspect, who lived in Brooklyn, the most populated borough of the NY city, suffered serious burn injuries and is now recuperating at a hospital.

The device was affixed to his body, said John Miller, the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism for the NYPD.

Ullah also told authorities he detonated the bomb "in part because of the United States government's policies in, among other places, the Middle East". The federal law enforcement source said Ullah's travel overseas was not significant for the planning of the attempted attack.

The complaint says Ullah used materials that included Christmas lights to make the device.

He lived with his mother, sister and two brothers in Brooklyn and was a green card holder, said Shameem Ahsan, consul general of Bangladesh in NY.

The complaint says Ullah later spoke to authorities from his hospital bed after waiving his Miranda rights, saying he assembled the pipe bomb at a Brooklyn apartment and filled it with metal screws "which he believed would cause maximum damage".

Ullah is suspected of trying to blow himself up at New York's main bus terminal presumably inspired by Islamic State ideals while investigators are trying to unearth what led to the bombing, and who - if anyone - might have assisted him.

She said Ullah last traveled to Dhaka in September.

Ullah was admitted to the United States in 2011 under the fourth family preference for immigrant visas, which is for brothers and sisters of US citizens and their spouses and children.

Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation were conducting searches at multiple Brooklyn addresses connected to Ullah.

Hours after the incident, CNN reported that according to local law enforcement officials, Ullah was motivated to carry out the attack due to Israel's recent actions in Gaza. It says Ullah became radicalized as he began watching Islamic State propaganda videos online as far back as 2014.

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