13 Dec ember 2017

New York bombing suspect Akayed Ullah warned Trump on Facebook


The man who faces terror charges over Monday's bus terminal bombing in New York posted a warning to President Donald trump just before the attack.

"Trump you failed to protect your nation," it read. The post by Akayed Ullah was revealed in charges filed by federal prosecutors on Tuesday.

They say the 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant carried out the bombing inspired by the Islamic State group.

He wounded himself and three others in Monday morning's attack.

Mr Ullah is accused of blowing up a crude device strapped to his body in an underpass at Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal during the rush hour.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) tweeted that he was facing state charges including criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a "terroristic threat".

The federal charges, announced later on Tuesday, include providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation, using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place.

According to the federal complaint filed by prosecutors, Mr Ullah said after his arrest: "I did it for the Islamic State."

He also told investigators he had been motivated by American air strikes on IS target, the document says.

The complaint says Mr Ullah used materials that included Christmas lights to make the device. It was affixed to his body with Velcro straps.

A search of the suspect's home in the New York City borough of Brooklyn "revealed metal pipes, pieces of wire and metal screws, which were consistent with the bomb materials recovered at the scene," prosecutor Joom Kim told reporters.

He said the suspect "admitted that he began researching how to build bombs about a year ago, and had been planning this particular attack for several weeks".

He selected the location and timing "to maximise casualties", Mr Kim added.

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