ISIS-Inspired Bangladeshi Bomber Arrested For New York Subway Blast

| December 12 , 2017 , 10:17 IST

A Bangladeshi-origin man, living in the US for the past 7 years, has been arrested for triggering a blast at a busy metro station in New York City during the morning rush hours, injuring 4 people, when the homemade device strapped to his body exploded prematurely on Monday. The 27-year-old accused Akayed Ullah suspected of being inspired by the militant group ISIS has been taken into custody.

Ullah had wires and a pipe bomb strapped to his body which partially exploded between two subway platforms near America's largest bus terminal, Port Authority. Following the blast, the subway station was evacuated and the Port Authority terminal was shut down. Apart from the 4 people injured, Ullah also sustained serious burn injuries in the blast.

“Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates that this male was wearing an improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body. He intentionally detonated that device,” Police Commissioner James O’Neil told reporters.

Although no terrorist group has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion, it is being considered to be a terrorist attack.

“This was an attempted terrorist attack. Thank God he did not achieve his goal,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters.

"At this point in time, all we know of is one individual who, thank God, was unsuccessful in his aims,” Blasio said.

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“There are also no credible and specific threats against New York City at this time. But we will give you more information as the investigation unfolds,” he said.

“Our lives revolve around the subway. The choice of New York is always for a reason, because we are beacons of the world. We show that a society of many background and many faiths can work…The terrorists want to undermine that. They yearn to attack New York City,” Blasio added.

US President Donald Trump, after the attack, called for strengthening 'lax'  immigration policies by enacting stricter immigration reforms to protect Americans.

"(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.

Following the blast, security has been boosted in other major cities of the US, especially in the capital area of Washington DC.