Joe Simonson, DCNF
The family of Akayed Ullah, the suspect behind Monday morning’s failed suicide bombing at the New York City Port Authority Bus Terminal, expressed “outrage” by the actions of law enforcement.
“We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today, and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” Albert Fox Cahn, the legal director for CAIR New York, stated on behalf of the Ullah family, WABC reported Monday.
“But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials who have held children as small as four years old out in the cold and who held a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without a lawyer, without his parents,” the family said. “These are not the sorts of actions that we expect from our justice system, and we have every confidence that our justice system will find the truth behind this attack and that we will, in the end, be able to learn what occurred today.”
Ullah, 27, was severely injured after he allegedly detonated a bomb attached to himself in the underground corridor between Times Square and the Port Authority. There are no reports that law enforcement acted improperly in the aftermath of the terrorist attack and thanks to medical personnel, he is expected to survive.
Four other bystanders received minor injuries from the explosion.
Ullah reportedly told investigators that he chose the location because of the Christmas-themed posters that hang on the walls near the Times Square subway station.
An immigrant from Bangladesh, Ullah entered the United States in 2011 through extended family chain migration. Once in the country, Ullah worked as an electrician and reportedly became radicalized through Islamic State propaganda.
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