New York – Police have identified and arrested a 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh (Akayed Ullah) who tried to denote himself in a crowded New York subway passage at the Port Authority bus terminal during the morning rush hours on Monday.
This was the second terror incident in New York, six weeks after a deadly truck attack rammed into cyclists and runners, killing eight people and injuring eleven others in the process.
Unfortunately for Ullah, his bomb failed to denote properly leaving him the only one who is seriously injured in the incident.
“Fortunately for us, the bomb partially detonated,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “It did not fully have the effect that he was hoping for.”
President Donald Trump has called for tougher US immigration rules, saying the current “lax” policy has allowed to many dangerous people accessing the country.
“The attempted mass murder attack in New York City, the second terror attack in New York in the last two months, once again highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people,” Trump said in a statement.
According to US media, Ullah told police investigators that he was inspired by Christmas terror plots in Europe and also wanted to avenge US airstrikes on the Islamic State group.
A CCTV footage shows commuters scattering as the bomb exploded and only one body, that of the bomber was seen lying on the ground after the smoke cleared.
The other three injured only suffered minor injuries, headaches and ringing in the ears and are closely monitored in hospital.