Port Authority explosion: What we know about suspect Akayed Ullah


United States prosecutors on Tuesday (December 12) brought federal criminal charges against a Bangladeshi man accused of setting off a bomb in Manhatten's Port Authority bus terminal during morning rush hour a day earlier.

The explosion took place on Monday around 7:20 am, in an underground tunnel linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Times Square.

New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the three other people injured were suffering from ringing in the ears and headaches, due to their proximity to the blast in an enclosed corridor.

AKM Shahidul Hoque, inspector general of Bangladeshi national police, told Reuters that Ullah had no criminal record in Bangladesh. The agency said he a lawful permanent resident "who benefited from extended family chain migration".

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He reportedly carried out the attack in retaliation against Israel for its actions in the embattled Gaza territory.

Ullah, 27, was expected to appear before a magistrate judge, though it was not immediately clear if he was well enough to go to court. He suffered burns to his hands and lacerations.

- The suspect wore an "improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body".

Officials said it was unclear whether Ullah intentionally set off the device at that particular location, or whether it may have detonated on its own.

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- The device was a pipe bomb affixed to his person with a combination of Velcro and zip ties, John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, said. A federal law enforcement official told CBS News' Jeff Pegues the device malfunctioned.

The suspect made the bomb last week at his apartment in Brooklyn, according to an official. The suspect was upset, in his words, with the "incursion into Gaza", the source said, but did not elaborate on what incursion he may have been alluding to.

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press Ullah was inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but apparently had no direct contact with the terrorist group.

The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission confirms to NPR's Joel Rose that Ullah held a for-hire vehicle driver's license from March 2012 through March 2015, meaning he could have driven a black auto or livery vehicle in the city during that span.

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His nephew arrived in Bangladesh on September 8 and returned to NY on October 22, he said. Ullah was not licensed to drive a NYC yellow taxi, Fromberg said. "As I look out the window it looks like everything is getting back to normal".