Akayed Ullah, a 27yr-old taxi driver from Bangladesh, told investigators he decided to detonate his pipe bomb in a busy New York City subway station because of Christmas posters on the walls and in revenge for global violence against Muslims.
The bomb — made of: a pipe, a 9-volt battery, match heads, sugar, Christmas tree lights and screws — was initially reported to have gone off early, however Ullah said he deliberately detonated it.
Via the Daily Mail: Ullah, who was arrested and taken for questioning after the bomb only partially detonated, told police he was walking through the underground tunnel at 7.20am, between the Port Authority station towards Times Square, when he saw the Christmas-themed posters on the wall, which reminded him of ISIS’ calls last month for militants and lone wolves to attack holiday markets.
‘He acknowledges he purposely set it off then and there,’ a senior law enforcement official said.
Ullah went so far as to clarify ISIS had inspired him, ‘not Al Qaeda’.
Maybe this specific note was added due to the recent defeat ISIS has seen in Iraq, being pushed out of the nation’s borders.
Luckily the bomb didn’t fully detonate, because if it had experts say there would have been casualties and many more injuries.
The attack came days after Ullah’s Brooklyn neighbors say they heard a huge row coming from his home, reporting yelling and screaming over the past two nights. His parents have since released a statement saying they are ‘outraged’ by the allegations, and the treatment of their family since the terror attack.
Ullah, who was allowed to stop and pray multiple times during his interrogation, was taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for serious burns and lacerations to his abdomen and hands but is expected to survive. At the hospital, the Brooklyn resident told investigators that he was inspired to carry out the attack by the recent flare ups between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.