A would-be suicide bomber tried to create death and destruction during one of the nation’s busiest rush hours Monday morning; attempting to detonate a concealed explosive strapped to his midsection as commuters and tourists poured into New York City.
The 27-year old Brooklyn resident, identified by the New York Post as Akayed Ullah, possessed a five-inch pipe bomb attached to a hidden battery as he walked through the main entrance to New York City’s subway system at the packed bus terminal.
“This is New York, the reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Ullah’s device partially detonated, seriously injuring himself and three other individuals.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 11, 2017
The NYPD immediately took the man into custody, who they believe was born in Bangladesh and was acting on behalf of the Islamic State. He remains in custody at Bellevue Hospital where he’s being treated for his injuries.
“I had like a panic attack, I couldn’t breathe. My stomach started hurting,” one witness told the Post. “I’m doing better — I’m just trying to catch a train to go back home to College Point.”
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is on the scene.
More information as it becomes available.