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.
IT WAS ISIS: Terrorist Declared Allegiance to ISIS Before NYC Massacre
The suspect behind Tuesday’s devastating truck-attack in lower Manhattan left behind a would-be suicide note in the cabin of the vehicle, declaring his allegiance to the Islamic State and writing, “ISIS Lives Forever.”
Eight people were killed and 11 were seriously injured when 29-year-old Uzbekistan native Sayfullo Saipov rammed his rented pick-up truck into pedestrians and bicyclists in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood.
According to NBC News, Saipov left behind the ISIS-inspired writings in the hopes that he would be killed by law enforcement during the attack. After crashing into a school bus, the terrorist ran through the streets of lower Manhattan, screaming “Allahu Akbar” while holding a paint-ball gun and a BB pistol.
Saipov was shot in the abdomen and is recovering at a local hospital.
The NYPD and FBI believe the suspect is an Uber driver currently residing in New Jersey with his wife and three children.
“We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance,” an Uber Spokesman said.
CHAOS IN NYC: Six Dead, 15 Injured as Driver Plows into Pedestrians
At least six people were killed and 15 injured in what the NYPD is describing as an “incident” in lower Manhattan, when a rental truck plowed into pedestrians on a busy bike path.
Initial reports indicate the driver may have possessed a fake firearm or paint-gun, and was waving the weapon at pedestrians while driving around New York City’s trendy Tribeca neighborhood.
“What happened was there was a car crash… he came out of one of the cars. He had two guns,” a 14-year-old Stuyvesant high school student told the NY Post. “We thought it was a Halloween thing. He started running around the highway. There was another guy in a green shirt that was chasing him around.”
Counter-terror police are on the scene along with local law enforcement and representatives of Mayor Bill De Blasio’s office.
The NYPD are currently treating the incident as a “possible act of terror.”
More information as it becomes available.