NY bombing suspect taunted Trump on day of explosion

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 15, 2017

Deputy Police Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John Miller told reporters that Ullah was wearing a self-made explosive device that resembled a pipe bomb, attached to his body with velcro and zip ties.

Akayed Ullah, 27, of Brooklyn, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terroristic threat, police said.

DHS can confirm that the suspect was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011.

Ullah was badly injured from the explosion. "So the president is aggressively gonna continue to push forth responsible immigration reform, and ending chain migration would certainly be a part of that process", Sanders said.

Ahmad Ullah, a relative of Ullah, who Reuters tracked down on Tuesday, said his cousin's father had moved to the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka with his family many years ago.

Ullah became radicalised after he began watching pro-Isil material online in 2014 and carried out his attack because he was angry over U.S. policies in the Middle East, prosecutors said. 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.

Ullah lived with his father, mother and brother in a Brooklyn neighborhood with a large Bangladeshi community, residents said.

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Akayed Ullah is pictured in an undated photo released by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

He said it was more difficult to prevent a single bomber acting alone, "where the conspiracy is within the confines of their own minds - and that's a hard place to get to".

"This is an individual who came from Bangladesh, was living here, went through a number of jobs, was not particularly struggling financially or under any known pressure, who was not on our radar at the NYPD and not on the Federal Bureau of Investigation radar".

On Monday night, Ullah's family said in statement that it was "heartbroken" and "deeply saddened" by the suffering the attack had caused.

"Bangladesh is committed to its declared policy of "Zero Tolerance" against terrorism, and condemns terrorism and violent extremism in all forms or manifestations anywhere in the world, including Monday morning's incident in New York City", the South Asian nation's government said in a statement.

The blast occurred around 7:20 a.m.in a subway passageway near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. A plume of white smoke cleared to show the man sprawled on the ground and commuters scattering. The officers at that point had to make a decision so no one else would be hurt and they decided at that point to take the person into custody, ' Bobby Egbert, spokesman for the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, told 1010 WINS.

The last bomb blast in the subway system was believed to be in December 1994, when an explosive made from mayonnaise jars and batteries wounded 48 people in a auto in lower Manhattan. The explosive was assembled in his apartment, sources said. He was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 94 years in prison.

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