Terrorism suspect Akayed Ullah reportedly issued a warning to U.S. President Donald Trump on social media before he allegedly attempted to carry out a suicide bombing in a New York City subway tunnel.
On Dec. 11, Ullah allegedly detonated a pipe bomb that was strapped to his body in an underground walkway tunnel connecting two New York City subway lines. The suspect had two explosive devices attached to him but only one, a pipe bomb containing screws, detonated. Five people received minor injuries while Ullah was seriously wounded. Ullah faces several federal terrorism charges for the plot.
"Fortunately for us, the bomb partially detonated," Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York told CNN. "He did detonate it, but it did not fully have the effect that he was hoping for."
Port Authority officers detained the injured Ullah on the scene and transferred him to Bellevue Hospital. On Dec. 12, a federal complaint disclosed that Ullah had made a Facebook post addressed to Trump hours before his attack.
"Trump you failed to protect your nation," the bombing suspect wrote.
The 27-year-old Ullah is a legal permanent resident from Bangladesh who lived in Brooklyn. He immigrated to the U.S. in 2011 on a family preference visa. The federal complaint alleged that he had become radicalized by ISIS propaganda in 2014 but had not been detected by authorities until his failed bombing attack. He had no criminal history in the U.S. or in Bangladesh.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said that Ullah did not fit the profile that authorities use to identify potential terror threats.
"This is an individual who came from Bangladesh, was living here, went through a number of jobs, was not particularly struggling financially or under any known pressure, who was not on our radar at the NYPD, not on the FBI radar, and he's somewhat characteristic of what we've been seeing across the world which is somebody who turns up one day out of the blue," Miller told CBS News.
Miller added: "Where the conspiracy is within the confines of their own mind, and that's a very hard place to get to."
Ullah reportedly told authorities from his hospital bed that he wanted to commit a terrorist attack to support ISIS and avenge Muslim deaths that he blamed on Israel and the U.S.
"To that man, the corridors of the Port Authority, the gateway into the city for hundreds of thousands of commuters every day, was a place to murder as many innocent human beings as he could and to blow himself up in the process," Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said during a press conference, according to NBC News.
The suspect had visited Bangladesh on Sept. 8 and returned to the U.S. on Oct. 22.
Abdul Ahad, Ullah's uncle, disclosed that the bombing suspect had a wife and infant child living in Bangladesh. Ahad added that Ullah was socially reclusive, The Associated Press reports.
Bangladeshi authorities detained Ahad, Ullah's wife and her family for questioning following the bombing.
"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," the Bangladesh government said in a statement.
On Dec. 12, Trump asserted that the U.S. should discontinue family preference visas in response to the bombing.
"Congress must get involved immediately, and they are involved immediately," Trump said. "We're going to end them fast."