The Bangladeshi national behind Monday’s unsuccessful terrorist attack in New York City told investigators that he plotted the bombing as revenge for recent Israeli actions against Palestinians in the Gaza strip.
Suspect Akayed Ullah, 27, was seriously injured around 7:20am when a pipe bomb strapped to his body malfunctioned and prematurely exploded as he walked through a busy Midtown Manhattan subway station.
Authorities say the homemade explosive only partially exploded and that if it had detonated as intended, there would have been more injuries and doubtless loss of life.
The crude device was made from a pipe, a 9-volt battery, match heads, sugar, Christmas tree lights and screws, senior law enforcement officials told the New York Post.
Ullah was taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for serious burns and lacerations to his abdomen and hands but is expected to survive.