‘ISIS-inspired’ NYC Port Authority bombing: What you need to know

· December 11, 2017  
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A would-be suicide bomber attempted to detonate an explosive device at the Port Authority bus terminal subway station in New York City, the NYPD said Monday. The blast created mass chaos and disrupted multiple subway lines in the city.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The explosion was caught on video

The explosion occurred in an underground passageway around 7:30 a.m. ET near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, NYPD and FDNY officials told Fox News. The moment the explosive device went off was captured on video and shared on social media.

NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism John Miller said that the explosive device was “based on a pipe bomb.” “It was affixed to his person with a combination of Velcro and zip ties,” Miller said. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, D, said the bomb was an “effectively low-tech device.”

2. Very few people were injured

Four people, including the suspect, were taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the Associated Press reported. The blast caused smoke to fill the passageway, which was crowded with morning commuters.

The suspect, who is now in police custody, is suffering from burns and wounds on his body, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said.

3. The suspect was identified as Akayed Ullah

The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi national. According to police officials, Ullah had an address in Brooklyn and has lived in the U.S. for seven years.

He intentionally detonated explosive devices strapped to his body, Commissioner O’Neill said.

Ullah allegedly packed a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack into the right side of his jacket, strapped to his midsection. He told police that he made the bomb at the electrical company where he works, the New York Post reported.

The device was partially detonated after malfunctioning inside the passageway to the A, C, and E trains. Ullah was quickly taken into police custody.

4. This was an ISIS-inspired terror attack

New York City officials are calling the attack an act of terror. “This was attempted terrorist attack,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Speaking on MSNBC Monday morning, former NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Akayed “was setting the device off in the name of ISIS.”

New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi reported that ISIS is celebrating the attack, calling Ullah an “istishadi” attacker.

Law enforcement officials said Ullah had no direct contact with ISIS and was acting as a possible “lone wolf.”

5. These are the names of the hero first responders

Ullah was taken into custody thanks to the quick action of Port Authority first responders. Police officer Jack Collins reportedly held the suspect at gunpoint and was assisted by officers Sean Gallagher, Drew Preston, and Anthony Manfredini.

Thanks to the quick action of these police officers, Ullah will be unable to harm anyone else.


 

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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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