New York City bombing suspect identified as Akayed Ullah from Bangladesh

Dec 15, 2017, 02:53
New York City bombing suspect identified as Akayed Ullah from Bangladesh

Details are starting to emerge about the man believed to be behind the pipe bombing in the underground corridor between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday morning.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly while the investigation is ongoing, said Akayed Ullah, a Bangladesh native in the US since 2011, has been cooperating with authorities from the New York City Police Department and the FBI is interrogating him extensively.

Akayed Ullah, 27, set off the "effectively low-tech device" in a subway passageway, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a news conference. He reportedly lived at an address in Brooklyn.

Sources say that the suspect is alert and conscious after being taken to the hospital. He suffered burns to the hands and abdomen, and other injuries. Several people were hurt in the explosion, but all the injuries are said to be minor. The New York Police Department is responding to the incident.

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Asked whether the suspect has connection with the Islamic State, O'Neil said, "he did make a statement but we are not going to talk about that right now".

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, so far the White House has not released a statement.

Commuters scrambled to evacuate the major transit hub just blocks from Times Square after a man detonated a small explosive device in the city's subway system. "Info is preliminary, more when available", it tweeted.

"Our officers' actions were commendable, and we are thankful there were no serious injuries to any travelers", Cotton said. More than 10 train lines use the location and it served 64.5 million passengers in 2016.

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Cuomo said New Yorkers understand their city is an global target "for many who would like to make a statement" against freedom.

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.

The incident was the second in the fourth quarter of the year that New York City saw one individual conducted terror attack in the busiest areas of Manhattan.

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