Monday, December 11, 2017

Manhattan attack is ‘terror-related’ Says New York police

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has confirmed that the Monday morning explosion near Times Square was terror-related. The perpetrator was identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, who said he was inspired by Islamic State propaganda online.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill called the blast a “terror-related incident” during a news conference. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also referred to the incident as an “attempted terrorist attack.”
"Let's be clear – this was an attempted terrorist attack. Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals. Our first responders were there quickly and the only injuries we know of right now are minor," De Blasio tweeted following the attack.

"We are a target because we prove a society of many faiths and many backgrounds can work – we show democracy can work. But we are the most resilient place on earth. We've proved it time and time again," he continued.
When asked whether the suspect had ties to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), O'Neill said "he did make statements" but refused to elaborate.

ABC News reported that Ullah told the authorities he was inspired to carry out the attack by IS propaganda he accessed online.

The explosion was caused by a crude pipe bomb strapped to the man, which injured him and four others when it went off in the subway corridor near Times Square during morning rush hour. He was also in possession of a second device, which did not detonate.

Surveillance cameras captured the man walking through the crowded passageway between 7th and 8th Avenue under 42nd Street when the bomb detonated at 7:20am local time. The suspect came to the US from Bangladesh seven years ago, according to AP.

Elrana Peralty, a customer-service worker for Greyhound buses in the Port Authority, said she did not hear the explosion.
"All we could hear was the chaos," she said. "We could hear people yelling, 'Get out! Get out! Get out!'"

The NYPD, FBI and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force are currently investigating the attack, according to NBC News.

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