On Monday, the suspect of causing an explosion in NYC was identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah. The incident at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City resulted in four injured. His family spoke out about the outcome in a public statement:
“We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” the family’s statement said.
They further elaborated how the law enforcement has reacted to the occurrence.
Whether the minors were related to Ullah has not been disclosed.
As per the New York Post, the family wouldn’t stop bashing law enforcement branches for their weak performance, noting their conduct was “not the sorts of actions we expect from our justice system.”
“We have every confidence that our justice system will find the truth behind this attack and that we will, in the end, be able to learn what occurred today,” said the statement as read by the legal director for the NY Chapter Council for Islamic Relations Albert Fox Cahn.
In a play-by-play of the events, Ullah, a Bangladeshi born, who immigrated to America illegally in 2011, activated a “low-tech” pipe bomb that got him and three others injured.
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— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) December 11, 2017
In the aftermath of the occurrence, reports have confirmed that Ullah worked as a driver who held a New York City Taxi and Limousine Commision license from 2012 to 2015, as NYC TLC deputy commissioner for public affairs Allan J. Fromberg wrote.
Since 2015, he didn’t renew his license and he lost his job as a taxi driver.
Department of Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Houlton revealed that Ullah was considered a “Lawful Permanent Resident from Bangladesh.”
Akayed Ullah, explained that his inspiration came due to Israel’s “incursion into Gaza.” However, he didn’t specify what this could have meant exactly.
The New York Post came out with a story writing that four Palestinians have been killed in airstrikes and/or protests which happened ever since Trump declared Jerusalem Israel’s capital.
New York City police commissioner James O’Neill noted the bombing a “terror-related incident,” but a link between Ullah and ISIS has not been confirmed yet.
“This is New York,” he added. “The reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom.”