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What we know about Port Authority suspect Akayed Ullah

Police said Akayed Ullah is a suspect in

Police said Akayed Ullah is a suspect in the explosion beneath the Port Authority bus terminal on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Credit: New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

Police say Akayed Ullah had a pipe bomb attached to himself when it exploded in a subway passageway beneath the Port Authority bus terminal.

Here’s what we know about the suspect so far:

  • Ullah is 27 years old.
  • He lives on East 48th Street in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn.
  • Ullah was wearing a pipe bomb strapped to his body with a combination of Velcro and zip ties, police said.
  • He made statements that he attempted the attack in support of the Islamic State group, law-enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation said. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said it appeared Ullah was influenced by ISIS.
  • He said he was inspired to act in part by al-Qaida’s online propaganda magazine Inspire, a high-ranking law enforcement source said.
  • In an interview on CNN, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo described Ullah as a “lone wolf” who looked up information on how to make a bomb on the internet. The source confirmed Ullah said he acted alone.
  • Ullah was wearing a pipe bomb strapped to his body with a combination of Velcro and zip ties, according to John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.
  • The device was detonated by a Christmas ornamental light, the source said, adding that the pipe was 12 inches long and filled with powder and shrapnel.
  • He was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue with burns to his abdomen and hands, officials said.
  • He is originally from Bangladesh.
  • He has been in the United States for seven years.
  • He was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. He was admitted under a process in which immigrants already in the United States may sponsor family members, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed.
  • He is a former livery driver, according to the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission.

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