New York attack suspect was avenging Gaza: Officials

Akayed Ullah, the 27-year-old suspected bomber, detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded passageway during the morning rush hour, injuring himself and three others.

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New York, Publish Date: Dec 13 2017 12:21AM | Updated Date: Dec 13 2017 12:21AM
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A Bangladeshi-origin man, who triggered a blast at a metro station in New York City, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and was motivated by Israeli actions in Gaza, US officials said.

Akayed Ullah, the 27-year-old suspected bomber, detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded passageway during the morning rush hour, injuring himself and three others.

The device prematurely exploded between two subway platforms near Port Authority, America's largest bus terminal, injuring four persons and causing chaos in one of the busiest commuter hubs in the metropolis, officials said.

He had pledged allegiance to the ISIS group and told investigators that his planed attack in New York was mainly because of the recent Israeli actions in Gaza, officials said as per multiple media reports.

The Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton said Ullah is now a lawful permanent resident. He came to the US in 2011 on an F43 family immigrant visa, which is granted to children of American citizens siblings.