NYC bombing suspect wrote on Facebook before his alleged attack, ‘Trump you failed to protect your nation’: Complaint

The man accused of detonating an explosive in the New York City subway system wrote on Facebook the morning of his alleged attack, “Trump you failed to protect your nation,” according to the federal complaint against him.

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Akayed Ullah, 27, an immigrant from Bangladesh, is accused of setting off the homemade bomb in an underground passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday morning, sending commuters scrambling to evacuate the major transit hub just blocks from Times Square.

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Akayed Ullah is pictured in an undated photo released by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

He allegedly selected the location and time to maximize human casualties, according to officials.

Joon Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a news conference today that Ullah allegedly aimed to “murder as many innocent human beings as he could and to blow himself up in the process — all in support of a vicious terrorist cause.”

Despite the rush-hour crowds, however, only five people suffered minor injuries, officials said. Ullah was badly injured.

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Police activity outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal following reports of a confirmed explosion inside an underground tunnel in the building in New York City, Dec. 11, 2017.

Ullah made statements to police indicating he “was inspired by ISIS to carry out” the attack and said, “I did it for the Islamic State,” according to the charging document.

Ullah’s radicalization began in at least 2014 when he began viewing pro-ISIS material online, the document stated.

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This photo from a 2011 drivers license shows Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the explosion near New York’s Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

Some of the material he viewed included instructions to attack in homelands if unable to travel overseas to join ISIS on the battlefield, the document alleged.

Inside Ullah’s passport was a handwritten notation: “O America die in your rage,” the document said.

There is no evidence he received funding or specific direction from any overseas group, according to police sources.

Ullah is charged with five federal counts, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use. Ullah could face life in prison. The death penalty is not a possibility in this case…

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