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NY police file terrorism charges against subway bombing suspect

NY police file terrorism charges against subway bombing suspect

Akayed Ullah, 27, was hit with charges of weapons possession, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terroristic threat for the Monday morning attack.


Counterterrorism Bureau Chief James Waters said on NY1 television that investigators had executed search warrants Monday night and recovered, "additional parts or components" of bombs, "leftover parts, if you will".

He said Ullah arrived in Bangladesh on September 8 and returned to NY on October 22.

Police on Tuesday charged the cabbie turned terrorist accused of detonating a pipe bomb near the Port Authority Bus Terminal, authorities said. The video shows other commuters running away from the scene, and police said three individuals suffered minor injuries as a result of being close to the blast.

Ullah, a native of Bangladesh who has been in the United States for seven years, is believed to have acted alone and told investigators that he tried to carry out the bombing in support of the Islamic State terror group.

- He lives in Brooklyn and is of Bangladeshi descent, two law enforcement sources said.

NY officials, including mayor Bill de Blasio were quick to call the bombing attempt an act of terrorism. "Thank God the terrorist did not accomplish his goal".

NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter Terrorism John Miller speaks after the terror attack near Port Authority on Monday

'Police are looking for his family, but so far they've not been able to trace them, ' said Abul Khair Nadim, the Chair of Musapur Union council, a local government body in the Chittagong division in southern Bangladesh, where Ullah's family originally lived.

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.

In a scenario NY had dreaded for years, Ullah strapped on a crude pipe bomb with Velcro and plastic ties, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set off the device, authorities said.

Port Authority police said officers found the man injured on the ground, with wires protruding from his jacket and the device strapped to his torso.

Law enforcement officials said that after Monday's attack Ullah told police he was inspired by the Islamic State terror group, and said he was angry over decades of US policies toward Muslim countries.

The source said the explosion, if it had detonated properly, "could have inflicted a lot more harm". He sustained injuries, including burns to his hands and abdomen, and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

The Monday morning explosion occurred in an underground passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal, sending commuters scrambling to evacuate a major transit hub just blocks from Times Square. This official said the police charges would likely be dropped when federal charges are filed.

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