Bangladesh police detains New York bomber’s wife, in-laws

The suspect Akayed Ullah had pledged allegiance to the ISIS terror group and told investigators that his planned terrorist attack in New York was mainly because of the recent Israeli actions in Gaza, officials said as per multiple media reports

By: PTI | Dhaka | Published: December 13, 2017 12:43:40 am
New York bomber wife, New York bomber in-laws, Akayed Ullah, New York bomber Akayed Ullah's wife, Bangladesh police, New York City metro bomb blast, NY Metro Bomb Blast, World News, Latest World News, Indian Express, Indian Express News This undated photo provided by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission shows Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the explosion near New York’s Times Square on Monday, December 11, 2017 (AP)

The wife and in-laws of a Bangladeshi -origin man, who triggered a blast at a metro station in New York City, were today detained for questioning by the Bangladesh police, according to a media report. 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 yesterday, 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. The Bangladesh police detained the wife and in-laws of Ullah for questioning. The counterterrorism unit detained the trio this afternoon, bdnews reported.

“The three have been brought in for questioning,” Counterterrorism Unit Deputy Commissioner Saiful Islam was quoted as saying by the report. Ullah’s wife Jannatul Ferdous and their six-month-old baby live with her parents in Dhaka.

Ullah, who hails from Chittagong, has lived in the US for seven years. US police officials said he worked as a cab driver initially and then worked as an electrician at a real estate company. He had pledged allegiance to the ISIS terror group and told investigators that his planned terrorist attack in New York was mainly because of the recent Israeli actions in Gaza, officials said as per multiple media reports.

Bangladesh police began searching for Ullah’s family after his identity was confirmed. An official from the counter-terrorism unit said they found the address of his in-laws on Tuesday afternoon. Akayed’s father-in-law Zulfikar Haider, mother-in-law Mahfuza Akhtar and their children rented the house.

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