Monday, December 11, 2017

Bomb in Times Square Subway

As people headed to work and school in Time Square a bomb went off. At first, the NYPD thought it was gunfire. However, it turned out to be a pipe bomb. Akayed Ullah, 27 from Bangladesh was apprehended at the scene. At first, news outlets reported that there was one male injured. It turned out that the injured man was the one responsible for the attack. Ullah planned the attack for over a year according to investigators. He was upset at the Christmas displays in the area and wanted to carry out a suicide bombing attack similar to that which occurs in Israel. Thank God, the pipe bomb was not well assembled and exploded prematurely and without the force needed to really cause carnage.

This attack has everyone on edge because it is the first suicide bombing in the United States. For many decades, officials have worried about such an attack taking place in the nation especially in a place like Manhattan. It is virtually impossible to detect someone wearing a bomb who can board a bus or train. The response to such an attack would be reactive and not proactive. Ullah had a vest on with another pipe bomb attached. Videos show him walking in a tunnel at the bus terminal as the bomb went off startling people nearby who ran for their lives afterward. Miraculously no one was seriously injured. Five people had minor cuts. The assailant suffered a laceration on the thigh.  He was radicalized by ISIS propaganda and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.  While there, he mock Trump by stating that Trump could not protect his own nation.

NYC mayor Di Blasio and governor Cuomo reassured New Yorkers that they are safe and gave the tired saying that nothing scares New Yorker. The attack comes just shy of six weeks when Manhattan was attacked by a terrorist on Halloween who ran over several people using a rented truck.


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