Authorities say Akayed Ullah, 27, set off a bomb in retaliation for American airstrikes in Syria and elsewhere, targeting members of the Islamic State. He said he had been radicalized online and had made a number of trips overseas in the past five years.
The NYPD said the suspect, Akayed Ullah, was inspired by ISIS but did not appear to have direct contact with group. “Thank God, (he) did not achieve his ultimate goals,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Monday press conference.
A suicide attack at a concert given by pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, England, in May might have been foiled had British investigators grasped the importance of “highly relevant” intelligence that reached their desks, says a new government-commissioned report.
The terrorist group referred to Uzbekistan national Sayfullo Saipov, 29, as a “soldier of the Caliphate.” Investigators believe Saipov most likely acted alone when he planned and carried out Tuesday’s carnage that also wounded 12. He appears to have been heavily influenced by the group’s ideology and methods.
President Trump, reacting to the terror attack that killed eight, said the U.S. needs a system of “punishment that’s far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now. They’ll go through court for years. . . . We need quick justice, and we need strong justice.”
A pickup truck driver shouting “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” killed eight people and injured 11 on a crowded bike path along the Hudson River before being shot by a police officer. Sayfullo Saipov, 29, came to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010 and had a green card allowing permanent legal residence.