NEW YORK, N.Y. — The suspect accused of detonating a bomb outside New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday posted warnings to his Facebook page prior to the attack.
According to a report published by NBC News (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/akayed-ullah-nyc-explosion-suspect-identified-27-year-old-brooklyn-n828361), the 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh taunted President Trump via social media, saying that the carnage to come was due to Trump’s failure to protect America.
“Trump you failed to protect your nation,” Akayed Ullah wrote on Facebook prior to detonating a pipe bomb in an underground pedestrian tunnel during rush hour on Monday morning.
Ullah, whose actions, officials say, were inspired by ISIS, triggered the device prematurely and injured himself in the process. As a result, only a handful of victims were harmed by the explosion, which officials say would have been deadly had it detonated at the correct time.
President Trump has said Monday’s attack, which followed a previous attack in Manhattan in October which killed eight people, “highlights the urgent need… to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people”.
“America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country,” Trump said of the event after being briefed by the FBI.
Ullah is currently recovering in a New York City hospital and faces multiple charges stemming from the attempted terror attack including criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a “terroristic threat”.
Ullah also faces multiple federal charges including providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place.