Ullah is accused of blowing up a crude device strapped to his body in an underpass at Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal during the rush hour. At right, police patrol Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in the underground passageway where the explosion occurred.
"Our officers' actions were commendable and we are thankful there were no serious injuries to any travelers", Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a statement.
The 27-year-old suspect in Monday's terror attack in the New York City subway system, Akayed Ullah, has admitted he had been radicalized online by Daesh terrorist group through "propaganda starting as far back as 2014", Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim said in a press briefing.
In the end, it wasn't powerful enough to turn the pipe into deadly shrapnel, the officials said. He did not elaborate.
John Miller, NYPD's Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, said Tuesday on CBS "This Morning" that Ullah didn't seem to have any obvious problems.
Ullah peered straight into the camera with no discernible emotion, speaking softly when he affirmed he could see the judge and saying, "Yes I have" when asked whether he had seen the complaint that charges him with five federal terrorism counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use. "A Christmas light bulb is one of those components", Waters said.
Ullah, a native of Bangladesh who has been in the United States for seven years, is believed to have acted alone and told investigators that he tried to carry out the bombing in support of the Islamic State terror group.
Sources said late Sanaullah had business in Hazaribagh area and owned a building in Dhaka. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it an "attempted terrorist attack". "Thank God the terrorist did not accomplish his goal".
Ullah has been held in custody at a hospital after wounding himself and three other people at the Port Authority bus terminal, close to iconic Times Square, on Monday.
CCTV footage shows the bomber walking down a tunnel armed with a 12cm metal pipe bomb and battery pack strapped to his body before a flash of smoke fills the walkway. The charging document said law enforcement personnel found a 9-volt battery inside Ullah's trousers pocket, wires connected to the battery running under his jacket and fragments of metal pipe. Ullah told police he assembled it in Brooklyn, the source said. The pipe had nails stuffed into it, the source said, and it had the ability to impose more injuries than it did. No charges had been filed as of Monday night.
Security cameras captured the attacker walking casually through a crowded passageway when the bomb went off around 7:20 a.m.
Investigators are interviewing Ullah's family and going through his social media accounts, phone records and messages, as well as financial records looking for large deposits or withdrawals, King said.
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who was briefed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, agreed it appeared Ullah acted alone and had no "red flags", meaning no criminal record or terror affiliations.
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