- An attacker detonated an explosive device in a major New York City transit hub on Monday morning.
- Footage shows the bomb exploding but appearing to injure only the attacker, identified by authorities as Akayed Ullah, and to merely startle commuters.
Video captured Monday morning’s attempted suicide bombing that ended with no deaths and the attacker sustaining the most significant injuries after his explosive device only partially detonated.
The police later identified the attacker as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi man who had been living in Brooklyn, and said he had been inspired by ISIS attacks on Christmas markets in Germany. The New York Times cited law-enforcement officers as saying Ullah targeted the crowded passage connecting two major New York City subway stops because of its Christmas-themed posters on the walls.
CNN suggested Ullah may also have wanted to make a statement about Israel’s actions in Gaza.
But the homemade bomb failed, with Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York saying the attacker “did not achieve his ultimate goals.”
Video from the blast, which wounded Ullah and gave three others ringing ears and headaches, clearly shows the explosion, which shot up a column of smoke and caused commuters to flee in either direction.
But in the end, the smoke clears and only the attacker appears to remain virtually motionless on the ground. The police found Ullah there and strip-searched him on the spot, The New York Times reported.
Watch the video below: