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Suspect in Port Authority Subway Bombing Identified: Akayed Ullah

The suspect in the Eighth Avenue Subway bombing has been identified as Akayed Ullah, according to NYPD Chief James O’Neill, and is currently in custody at Bellevue Hospital where he is ostensibly being treated for self-inflicted injuries. According to Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism of the NYPD John Miller, the device “based on a pipe bomb” and affixed to the suspect with “a combination of Velcro and zip ties.”

Little is known about details surrounding the alleged assailant right now other than he is foreign-born and has lived in the borough of Brooklyn for the past seven years.

Brooklyn has a large Muslim-American population and boasts many mosques and madrassas throughout the largest borough in New York City. Al Farooq Mosque near the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn became a focus of an anti-terror investigation for its alleged relation to al Qaeda. The vast majority of Muslim-Americans in Brooklyn, however, are seemingly well integrated into what would otherwise be called “American culture.”

The NY Post reports:

The suspected bomber – a 27-year-old who lived in Brooklyn – had wires attached to him and was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub, sources said.

The man partially detonated the device, which he was carrying in the right side of his jacket, prematurely inside the passageway to the A, C, and E trains at 8th Avenue and W. 42ndStreet at around 7:40 a.m., sources said.

Since the events of 9/11, New York City has remained relatively immune from the sort of terror attacks we’ve seen in European cities over the past five to ten years, though in the past year or so that has changed. Roughly a year ago we saw the failed attempt of the “Chelsea bomber” and on Halloween, we saw an attack on the West Side Highway by an individual that professed loyalty to ISIS.

Despite previous reports that said otherwise, he was not fatally injured in the attack, and fortunately, there were no other reported injuries in the explosion. During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former NYPD Police Chief Bill Bratton claimed that this explosion appears to be an ISIS-inspired attack and reported that the suspect appears to be from Bangladesh.

Some have suggested that this is a “lone-wolf” attack, as the larger concern is that this is part of a larger coordinated attack that is still unfolding.

There is some confusion as to the location of this apparent attack, whether it occurred at Port Authority Bus Terminal (which is located at 42nd St. and Eighth Avenue) or the subway. Well, the Eighth Avenue subway line runs underneath Port Authority terminal, and it appears that the explosive device went off on a platform ostensibly underneath the bus station. The A, C and E lines of the NY Subway system run along Eight Ave.

This story is developing and this post will be updated as information is revealed.

Watch the NYPD press event above, courtesy of CNN.

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