New York: A failed Islamist mass-murderer strapped a homemade pipe bomb to his body and strolled into Manhattan’s busiest subway for the morning rush hour Monday, setting off a blast that sent terrified morning commuters fleeing for their lives.
Akayed Ullah allegedly targeted the Times Square location because of its Christmas decorations, in a vain attempt to emulate the ISIS-inspired attacks on Christmas markets that he had seen in Western Europe. Ullah told police he was acting in retaliation for U.S. Army airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.
Fortunately, his crude bomb malfunctioned and reportedly went off early, causing serious burns to his hands and stomach. No other serious injuries were reported. The 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh moved to Brooklyn almost seven years ago. He was reportedly unknown to intelligence agencies and is currently being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center under police custody.
Ullah reportedly came to America through what is referred to as “chain migration.” A system that allows past immigrants to gain approval for the immigration of family members. Not just immediate family, but extended family as well. Ullah was admitted to the U.S. after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011.
“The suspect is a Lawful Permanent Resident from Bangladesh who benefited from extended family chain migration,” DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said in a statement.
He reportedly entered the country just prior to his 21st birthday, after which he would not have been eligible. He received an extended family visa as the result of his aunt, who immigrated to America via the Diverity Lottery like the alleged perpetrator of the Halloween terror attack, Sayfullo Saipov. He also entered the U.S. through the State Department’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The President, along with congressional Republicans, have called for the reform of these immigration programs.
With the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria all but destroyed organizationally and current immigration failures, attacks like the New York bomber could very well increase. Unable to organize big attacks, “lone wolf, ISIS-inspired” attacks are on the rise. Many such attacks have failed or have been foiled by law enforcement. However, when they succeed it is devastatingly tragic.
In 2017, there have been 1,939 Islamist attacks recorded in 59 different countries. An estimated 15,070 people were killed and 13,778 injured.
Last week, cabinet ministers in the U.K. were informed that nine Islamist terror plots had been foiled this year alone, one of which was a direct attempt on the life of on British Prime Minister Theresa May. MI5 Director General Andrew Parker told Mrs. May that although ISIS forces were almost entirely defeated in Iraq and Syria, they are now actively recruiting and training “soldiers” to carry out attacks on British soil. Out of a total of 13 ISIS-inspired terror attacks in the United Kingdom this year, four have been successful.
On May 22, a radicalized Islamist named Salman Abedi strapped a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb to himself and detonated it at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 and injuring 119, many of them children.
On March 22, a British Muslim mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, injuring 20 and killing a schoolteacher, tourist and two others. He then got out of his car and stabbed a police officer to death.
In October, German police arrested a Syrian man suspected of preparing a terror attack on a public target “using very powerful explosives“.
In July, a 26-year-old “known Islamist” asylum seeker went on a stabbing rampage in Hamburg, Germany, killing one and injuring six others.
On April 3, a suicide bomber detonated a homemade device full of ball bearings and bolts through a subway car in St. Petersburg, Russia, killing 15 innocent commuters and injuring 49 others.
In March, an Islamic terrorist was gunned down by police at Paris Orly Airport when he tried to grab an officer’s weapon shouting, “I am here to die for Allah.”
On March 22, a Jihadi migrant rammed his car into police in Foggia, Italy, then charged at the officers with a large knife.
In February, a machete-wielding Islamist charged at visitors and armed police outside the Louvre in Paris while screaming “Allahu Akbar”.
In January, a man shouting praises to Allah began stabbing people at a store parking lot in Oberhausen, Germany. One month earlier, two Kosovan-born brothers were arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack at the Centro shopping complex, also in Oberhausen.
Tucker is a foreign correspondent and media analyst for Not Liberal.