Police have identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old man as today’s would be suicide bomber.
Ullah lives in Brooklyn and is of Bangladeshi descent, two law enforcement sources said. He
held a New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission for-hire vehicle driver’s license from March 2012 through March 2015, NYC TLC Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs Allan J. Fromberg said in a statement to CNN.
The terrorist wore an improvised low-tech pipe bomb attached to his body with a combination of Velcro and zip ties. Ullah told police he made the device at his workplace, according to a senior New York law enforcement official and a city official being briefed on the investigation.
Recent Israeli actions in Gaza compelled Ullah to carry out the attack, a law enforcement source said. The suspect was upset, in his words, with the “incursion into Gaza,” the source said, but did not elaborate on what incursion he may have been alluding to.
Ullah is in custody and is now at Bellevue Hospital. He is being treated for lacerations and burns to his hands and abdomen. Read more at CNN.