On December 11, 2017, an explosion rocked the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. The suspect, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, reportedly told authorities he was inspired by ISIS to detonate a homemade pipe bomb. Here is everything you need to know about the N.Y.C. terrorist attack.
A pipe bomb allegedly made by 27-year-old Bangladeshi national Akayed Ullah detonated on December 11, 2017 in an underground tunnel that links Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Prosecutors claim Ullah made the bomb at home with a pipe, match heads, Christmas tree lights, screws, and a nine-volt battery. While it was initially reported that the bomb went off prematurely, authorities say that Ullah claims he purposely set off the bomb.
Ullah was taken into custody immediately after the bomb blast. He was eventually treated in hospital for serous burns and lacerations to his torso and hands.
Who Is Akayed Ullah?
Akayed Ullah is an unmarried Green Card holder who came to the U.S. from Bangladesh almost seven years ago. He came on the F-4 visa for people who already have family in the United States.
Reason Behind the Blast
According to sources, Ullah told investigators he wanted to set off his bomb after he saw the Port Authority Bus Terminal’s tunnel walls adorned with Christmas posters. The posters reportedly reminded him of ISIS’s recent calls to attack holiday markets.
“‘He acknowledges he purposely set it off then and there,” a senior law enforcement official told a New York paper.
Ullah is the only person who was gravely injured after the bomb detonated. Despite the serious nature of his injuries, he is expected to survive.
At the hospital where he was treated, it is believed that Akayed Ullah said he was motivated to carry out the attack by the recent clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in the Gaza Strip.
Five other people were injured in the attack.