An attempted terror attack in the heart of New York has failed because the would-be bomber poorly constructed the explosive device.
A Bangladeshi man with a home-made bomb strapped to his chest attempted to wreak havoc near New York’s Times Square at 7.20am (local time), but fortunately it didn’t go to plan.
Akayed Ullah intentionally detonated the pipe bomb at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and while the explosive in the pipe ignited, the pipe itself failed to explode.
It is understood 27-year-old Mr Ullah made the bomb using instructional content from the internet at his workplace at an electrical company. It is also believed to be an isolated incident with no co-conspirators.
New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo, described the device — which left the attacker and three others with minor injuries — as “amateur-level”.
“So he wound up hurting himself; several others in the vicinity.”
The incident has been labelled an “attempted terrorist attack” by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the attacker reportedly told investigators it was in response to Israel’s actions in Gaza.
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Mr Ullah, who is being treated for lacerations and burns at Bellevue Hospital, has not been linked to any terrorist organisations at this time.
He has lived in the US since 2011, and was most recently living in Brooklyn. He also held a Taxi & Limousine Commission license from March 2012 to March 2015, after which the license was not renewed, and it is unclear who he worked for, or if he drove at all.
Mr de Blasio said the attack was “unsettling”.
“As New Yorkers our lives revolve around the subways. When we hear of an attack in the subways, it is incredibly unsettling.”
The White House said it highlighted the need for US immigration reforms.
“We must protect out borders. We must ensure that individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to our people. And we must move to a merit-based system of immigration,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
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