Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant is being held and treated for his self-inflicted injuries as he attempted to terrorise Manhattan today.
A picture is circulating social-media, showing Akayed Ullah laying on the ground in the subway pedestrian tunnel, after attempting to detonate a suicide-vest yet the man appears to be intact and alive.
Police and emergency services report that 4 people are injured, apart from Akayed Ullah there are no severe injuries to report—most of the people near the explosion were startled; and some may have permanent hearing damage—Akayed Ullah’s injuries are quite bad though he is “lucky” that the bomb did not detonate as he had planned, though we don’t know how he is feeling right now as he has committed an act of terrorism but only really injured his hands and abdominal area, and will likely make a recovery and face severe justice.
Three of the Four injured in the attempt have already been discharged from hospital, with “minor” injuries. One remains but the NYPD have not made any statements about their condition; from the look of the intact vest, it is likely they are in shock rather than a life-threatening state.
Neighbours of Akayed Ullah have reported hearing fighting and screaming from the apartment he shares with his family. The neighbours have said that Akayed Ullah was an unfriendly man, not very sociable, unlike the rest of his extended family…
Akayed Ullah worked for an electrical company, and made the bomb at his un-named workplace, though it seems like he did not have much experience or knowledge in constructing or calculating the correct amounts of explosive materials required to produce a suicide bomb, instead creating a smaller blast which startled many and injured the failed-terrorist instead of causing the blast he probably wished for…
There are some questions from law enforcement on whether the device exploded prematurely, or by accident as it seemed to be such a badly executed operation.
Akayed Ullah “aimed to avenge Muslim deaths” around the world, and appears to be radicalised or triggered into action by the US bombings upon ISIS, and others report “incensed by the recent deaths in Gaza” too. Authorities report that Ullah had planned to “attack in the name of ISIS”, and had been viewing ISIS and Al Qaeda propaganda online.
As Akayed is an electrician, it is surprising that he failed so spectacularly, as a simple bomb would be easy for someone with experience with most electrical equipment and professional tools, though excellent for the city of New York and normal human beings that he was so bad at this.
Akayed Ullah said that he found a pipe at a work-site, and began making the bomb using Christmas lights, velcro fasteners and a 9-volt battery to assist the detonation. He chose to strike during the busy Christmas shopping season; and chose the target location of a packed subway tunnel in hopes of causing mass casualty and destruction.
“We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today, and the allegations being made against a member of our family” — Unnamed spokesperson from the Ullah family...
“But we are also outraged by the behaviour of law enforcement officials who have held children as small as 4 year old out in the cold and who held a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without a lawyer, or his parents” — Same spokesperson, rapidly veering off course from an apology into a condemnation of law enforcement
“These are not the sorts of actions that we expect from our justice system, and we have every confidence that our justice system will find the truth behind this attack and that we will, in the end, be able to learn what happened today” — the Ullah family
Yes, Yes you will find out quite soon.
Akayed Ullah had worked as a taxi-driver for 3 years until March 2015, and had been an electrician ever since. It is not clear if he was “radicalised” or simply decided to try and build this device all by himself, though by the results of his actions, it appears that the latter is true…
It is fortunate for the city that this mans failure to detonate means that nobody was seriously injured or killed, and that the NYPD will be able to interrogate Akayed properly as he recovers from his wounds. New Yorkers who catch the subway regularly were mostly annoyed by this attempt, and much like Londoners, most were adamant that they would be keeping calm, and carrying on.
For now, ISIS and their related lone-wolf or other terrorists are really failing at terrorising most of the Western World. If they keep up this cycle of failure, they may become more of a laughing stock than a feared terrorist organisation.