Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Subway bomber waged a personal war on Christmas
From CBS 2:
The subway was attacked during rush hour by an apparent suicide bomber.
The alleged attacker has been identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.
Six people, including Ullah, were injured in the blast.
Investigators said the bomb was poorly constructed, and failed to properly detonate.
They have the remnants of the device, which includes some type of Christmas light that may have been used as an electrical component.
Governor Cuomo said security has been boosted at high profile locations statewide, and investigators have been sent to Ullah’s Brooklyn home.
The FBI and NYPD bomb squad were on the scene as early as 8:30 a.m. looking for any information as to what may have motivated him.
The home is on East 48th Street in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. A quiet, tight-knit community where neighbors said the only problem they ever had with the suspect’s family was over a parking spot.
Neighbors said Ullah lived in the basement of the brick multi-family home near Avenue N for at least the last 5 years. They said his mother, father, and brother — who has his own wife and child – lived in the unit upstairs.
Another basement dweller, eh?
From the NY Times:
Law enforcement officials said the attacker, identified by the police as Akayed Ullah, 27, chose the location because of its Christmas-themed posters, a motive that recalled strikes in Europe, and he told investigators that he set off his bomb in retaliation for United States airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and elsewhere.