Port Authority attack suspect : What we know of Akayed Ullah

Law enforcement officials work following an explosion near New York’s Times Square on Monday Dec. 11 2017. Police said a man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in an underground passageway under 42nd Street between Seventh and E

Akayed Ullah, a resident of Brooklyn, was taken into custody after the attack. At right, police patrol Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in the underground passageway where the explosion occurred.

Asked whether New Yorkers should feel safe, Waters said the NYPD was "well experienced in protecting New York City each and every day".

Four Port Authority Police Officers have been hailed as heroes after taking down the Bangladeshi man USA authorities say set off a homemade pipe bomb in a crowded New York City commuter hub on Monday. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, and three other people were injured.

Ullah said he chose the spot when he saw a Christmas poster in the tunnel, police sources said Monday.

New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission shows Akayed Ullah the suspect in the explosion near New York’s Times Square on Monday Dec. 11 2017. Ullah is suspected of strapping a pipe bomb to his body and setting
Port Authority attack suspect : What we know of Akayed Ullah

Ullah could be arraigned as early as today at Bellevue Hospital, where he is recuperating from burns and cuts to his hands and stomach, law enforcement sources said.

The device has been described as a pipe bomb that was strapped to Ullah using Velcro and zip ties.

It happened just five weeks after another ISIS-inspired terror attack on Halloween on Manhattan's West Side that left eight people dead and a dozen injured.

His family was "deeply saddened" by the attack but also "outraged by the way we have been targeted by law enforcement", the family said in a statement sent by the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He was "all over the place" about his motive but indicated he wanted to avenge what he portrayed as USA aggression against the Islamic State group, a law enforcement official said.

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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.

Law enforcement officials said Ullah looked at IS propaganda online but is not known to have any direct contact with the militants and probably acted alone.

Because the device was strapped to the suspect, the assumption is he had been prepared to die as a suicide bomber, the source said. "Thanks to the quick response of these courageous Port Authority Police officers, the suspect was apprehended, there were no serious injuries and the PABT was secured without further incident", O'Toole said. No charges had been filed as of Monday night.

The pipe had nails stuffed into it, the source said, and could have caused multiple injuries.

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The bus terminal, which serves as a hub for several subway lines and bus services operated by companies such as Greyhound, was evacuated following the 7:20 a.m. explosion in a passageway connecting Times Square to Eighth Avenue, officials said.

Investigators are interviewing Ullah's family and going through his social media accounts, phone records and messages, as well as financial records looking for large deposits or withdrawals, King said.

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