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Man Detonates Homemade Bomb Under Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC

A man rode the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan in New York City with a bomb strapped to him before detonating the explosive in an underground passageway under the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Despite the incident occurring during rush-hour crowds, there were no deaths and only five people were injured. 

Law enforcement arrested 27-year-old suspect Akayed Ullah, who remains in the hospital due to arm and torso injuries resulting from the blast. Ullah is originally from Bangladesh, and entered the United States seven years ago on a family-based visa. He told authorities he was inspired to carry out the attack after reading online ISIS propaganda. According to Ullah, no one directed him to carry out the attack. 

The bomb was built from a 12-inch pipe, black powder, and a 9-volt battery and a wire from a Christmas light. At this time, investigators believe the attempted attack was a suicide mission given that the bomb was strapped to Ullah's body. The pipe had nails inside of it, and experts claim the homemade device had the ability to cause much more harm than it did. 

The pipe did not fully shatter, and a large piece was discovered fully intact after the detonation. Ullah, who has an address in Brooklyn, assembled the explosive device in his apartment. The explosion happened less than two months after a man allegedly inspired by online ISIS videos drove a truck into a crowd on a Manhattan bike path, killing eight people in what was the deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11.

Ullah was apprehended by Port Authority Police Department Officer Jack Collins, who was working undercover looking for children being trafficked at the bus terminal along with the help of officers Sean Gallagher, Anthony Manfredini, and Drew Preston. The officers noticed the wounded suspect lying on the floor with wires coming out of his clothing. The officers held Ullah at gunpoint and handcuffed him after a brief struggle. 

Ullah is facing state charges in New York including criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism, and making a terroristic threat. Ullah also faces federal charges including providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction, and bombing a public place. 

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