The suspected terrorist behind this week’s botched suicide-bombing in the heart of mid-town Manhattan taunted President Trump on social media hours before the attack, saying Trump “failed to protect” the United States.
Akayed Ullah -the 27-year-old Bangladeshi native who attempted to sow chaos during the nation’s busiest rush hour commute- mocked the President on Facebook, posting the chilling message moments before he traveled to Times Square to commit his brutal act of terror.
“Trump you failed to protect your nation,” he wrote.
According to the New York Post, Ullah also scribbled bizarre notes in his passport prior to the incident, including “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE.”
Officials close to the investigation say Ullah was radicalized in 2014, when he began reading ISIS inspired propaganda online and listening to the sermons of a jailed jihadi cleric on the internet.
The Brooklyn resident attempted to detonate a home-made pipe-bomb Monday morning, concealing the explosive under his jacket as he stalked the hallways under New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Ullah and four other innocent bystanders were injured when the improvised bomb failed to properly detonate.
TERROR PLOT: NYC Terrorist Planned Attack for Weeks, Visited Bike Path
The 29-year-old Uzbekistan native who mowed down innocent pedestrians and bicyclists in New York City on Tuesday had been planning the attacks for weeks, even visiting the location to gather intelligence before launching his deadly assault.
According to Fox News, NYPD investigators confirmed that Sayfullo Saipov had been plotting the terror strike for weeks, and bragged to officers that he was “proud” of the attack that took the lives of eight people and injured a dozen more.
Sources close to the investigation say Saipov entered the United States in 2010 using the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program’ and had planned his assault for “multiple weeks,” touring the bike path and leaving behind a would-be suicide note that stated “Islamic State Will Endure Forever.”
An official in the NYPD told Fox News the terrorist “followed almost to a T” the instructions published by ISIS’ media outlet detailing how jihadists can launch vehicle-based attacks against Western targets. Multiple knives were recovered from the rental, but were not used in the rampage.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo praised New Yorker’s resilience following the incident, saying a “depraved coward” intended to “instill terror” throughout the Big Apple but failed, saying, “There was no grand statement that was done. It was an act of a coward.”
ULLAH'S RAGE: Family of NYC TERRORIST ‘Outraged’ at NYPD, FBI
The family of a would-be suicide bomber who attempted to bring death and destruction to New York City commuters Monday morning are ‘outraged’ at the NYPD and FBI, blasting law enforcement in a rare public statement that accused the agencies of inappropriate behavior.
Albert Cahn, an official with CAIR New York, released the statement composed by the family of Akayed Ullah, the 27-year old Bangladeshi native who strapped a homemade pipe-bomb to his torso and partially detonated the explosive inside the New York City subway system.
“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,” said the statement. “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.”
“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,” the statement added.
Ullah reportedly entered the country through “chain migration,” a common policy where immigrants are permitted to relocate to the United States due to family members already residing in America.