FROM BANGLADESH WITH LOVE – Thank God no serious casualties – and no virgins for this loser:
The would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device underground near the bustling Port Authority Bus Terminal is a former New York City cab driver who told investigators that he was inspired by ISIS to carry out the attack for revenge, law enforcement sources said.
Akayed Ullah, 27, who is from Bangladesh and was living in Brooklyn, told authorities he was trying to exact vengeance for decades of violence against Muslims in Gaza, Syria and Iraq, saying in sum and substance from his hospital bed: “They’ve been bombing [my people] and I wanted to do damage here,” sources said.
He told cops he was inspired by ISIS, but police don’t believe he had any direct contact with the group, sources said.
Ullah, who officials say is a former city cab driver whose license has lapsed, set off a “low-tech” homemade pipe bomb strapped to his midsection around 7:20 a.m. inside the subway passageway between West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue and West 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue.
The incident was captured on transit surveillance footage.
Ullah, who had the explosive device affixed to him with Velcro and zip ties, suffered burns to his hands and abdomen, along with lacerations, and injured three others who were in proximity to him. He was quickly taken into custody and transported to Bellevue Hospital.
Thank God too for an amateur effort:
The Port Authority bomber fashioned his crude explosive device out of a 5-inch piece of pipe, a 9-volt battery, sugar, match heads, Christmas tree lights and screws — but it only partially detonated, according to law enforcement sources.
But the bomb was apparently a bust — the pipe wasn’t packed tightly enough to explode, so when the festive lights sparked the matches, it just blew the ends off the pipe rather than sending shrapnel flying, sources said.
“A 9-volt battery, sugar, match heads, Christmas tree lights and screws”; good grief. It must surely be the first ever use of Christmas lights in a terrorist attack.