A terrorist from NY called the attack revenge for Israel

A terrorist from NY called the attack revenge for Israel

Ullah told investigators he wanted to avenge US airstrikes on Daesh (Islamic State) and was inspired by Christmas terror plots in Europe, US media reported. The extremist group had recently called for attacks on Western cities around the Christmas holidays.

Relatives and police said Ullah last visited his wife and six-month-old son in Bangladesh in September, after which he returned to the United States.

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi and self-described supporter of the radical group Islamic State, was also charged in a criminal complaint filed in USA district court in Manhattan with bombing a public place, destruction of property by means of explosive and use of a destructive device.

Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Joon Kim, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, called that phrase "chilling".

Investigators in Bangladesh were questioning Ullah's wife, according to two officials who declined to be identified as they were not permitted to publicly discuss the matter.

Linked to a Manhattan federal courtroom by video, Ullah was shown with his head propped on a pillow and a white blanket covering his torso where, police say, he strapped a crude explosive device he made following instructions on the Internet.

"We have seen our children, as young as 4-years-old, held out in the cold, detained as their parents were questioned".

His family was "deeply saddened" by the attack but also "outraged by the way we have been targeted by law enforcement", the family said in a statement sent by the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Donald Trump has said he would end immigration provisions in response to the attack.

"Our teams use appropriate, reasonable and lawful methods to accomplish these goals", Sweeney said.

The man arrested in the bombing, Akayed Ullah - who told investigators he wanted to retaliate for American action against Islamic State extremists - came to the USA from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa available to certain relatives of U.S. citizens.

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He was licensed to drive a livery cab between 2012 and 2015, but the license was allowed to lapse, according to law enforcement officials and New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission.

He said Ullah's father had passed away about five years ago, and that Ullah had been through a normal public school education in Bangladesh before moving to the United States. He began researching how to build improvised explosive devices online about a year ago and started gathering materials for Monday's attack two to three weeks ago, the complaint says.

Ullah told investigators he built the bomb at his Brooklyn home one week before the attack, filling the pipe with metal screws to maximise damage.

During a search of his Brooklyn apartment, investigators recovered a passport with the words "O America, die in rage" scrawled in it, the complaint says.

Officials declined to disclose Ullah's condition at Bellevue Hospital late on Tuesday.

As of Monday afternoon, Ullah had not been formally charged, but he will likely be prosecuted in federal court, authorities said.

Authorities said security would be beefed up around the city.

NY police shut down an entire block of row houses in Windsor Terrace, deploying a large show of force with at least one helicopter flying overhead. The passageway where the attack occurred was reopened Tuesday and soon filled with commuters.

Bangladesh strongly condemned the attack in a statement saying: "A terrorist is a terrorist irrespective of his or her ethnicity or religion, and must be brought to justice". Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant who killed eight people in an attack in November, was living in the U.S. under a diversity lottery programme.

Each acted alone, inspired by jihadist groups such as Islamic State, Cuomo said.

Also in October, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen was convicted of planting two bombs in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood in 2016, one of which exploded and wounded 30 people. He was the only person seriously injured. Federal prosecutors said Rahimi had thought of himself as a "soldier in a holy war".

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