IS inspired Bangladeshi origin suspect arrested
In a swift reaction to an attempted terror attack in New York, US President Donald Trump has, on Monday, asked Congress to enact immigration reforms to protect the country from future terror attacks.
“…(The) attempted mass murder attack in New York City — the second terror attack in New York in the last two months — once again highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people,” Mr. Trump said.
Earlier US authorities have claimed that an Islamic State-inspired Bangladeshi-origin man Akayed Ullah was taken into custody for triggering a homemade device blast at a metro station injuring four persons and causing chaos in New York on Monday morning.
According to reports the 27-year-old suspected bomber had wires and a pipe bomb strapped to his body. The device prematurely exploded between two subway platforms near Port Authority, which is America’s largest bus terminal.
The rescue team arrived immediately while the suspect was taken into custody. The commuters were evacuated from the subway station. Ullah was alone, the police said, adding that the explosion was recorded on surveillance video.
New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio told the reporters, “This was an attempted terrorist attack. Thank God he did not achieve his goal. At this point in time, all we know of is one individual who, thank God, was unsuccessful in his aims.”
Mayor advised New Yorkers to feel secure saying, “There are also no credible and specific threats against New York City at this time. But we will give you more information as the investigation unfolds.”
“Our lives revolve around the subway. The choice of New York is always for a reason, because we are beacons of the world. We show that a society of many background and many faiths can work… The terrorists want to undermine that. They yearn to attack New York City,” said Blasio.
The Bangladesh origin suspect, who lived in Brooklyn, the most populated borough of the New York city, suffered serious burn injuries and is currently recuperating at a hospital. He came to US seven years ago from Bangladesh.
New York Police Commissioner James O’Neil told reporters that “Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates that this male was wearing an improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body. He intentionally detonated that device.”
Meanwhile Bangladesh embassy in Washington has condemned the incident. The statement issued by the embassy says, “Government of Bangladesh is committed to its declared policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism, and condemns terrorism and violent extremism in all forms or manifestations anywhere in the world, including Monday morning’s incident in New York City.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion so far, though it was being treated as terror-related incident.