Saturday 19 January 2019

'IS-inspired bomber' injures three in New York subway attack

New York suspect Akayed Ullah. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
New York suspect Akayed Ullah. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A man with a pipe bomb strapped to his body using Velcro and cable ties set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square yesterday, injuring himself and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.

All four were being treated for injuries in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio labelled an attempted terror attack.

The explosion happened in a long underground passageway that runs a full city block under 42nd Street.


The 7.20am blast caused smoke to fill the passageway, which was crowded with commuters.

The suspect was identified as Akayed Ullah (27).

Law enforcement officials said he was inspired by the Islamic State (IS) group but had apparently not had any direct contact with the organisation.

The officials said he lives in Brooklyn and may be of Bangladeshi descent.

Authorities said the bomb was a low-tech explosive device. They were combing through surveillance footage that captured the blast.

A video posted on social media showed some of the security footage. In it, a man walks through the crowded pedestrian tunnel and the bomb suddenly goes off in a plume of white smoke.

Through the smoke, the suspect is then seen sprawled on the ground, as bystanders flee the area.

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