New York bomber drawn by Christmas posters: report

27-year-old Akayed Ullah tells police he was avenging attacks on Daesh in Syria

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A policeman stands guard in Times Square not far from the site of a pipe bomb explosion on December 11, 2017 in New York City.

Washington: The Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a bomb in New York’s subway Monday told investigators that he was avenging attacks on Daesh and chose the location by its Christmas posters, US media reported.

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, recalled a Christmas attack in Europe in 2016 and said he was also retaliating for US airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, law enforcement officials told the New York Times.

The bomb, set off in a crowded subway passage during the morning rush hour, only partially detonated, deeply wounding the bomber himself but only causing slight injuries to three other people.

Ullah was burned on his torso and hands and was taken to hospital where he was said to be in serious condition.

The mention of Christmas as a motive drew comparisons to Europe, where a Daesh-inspired attacker drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market last year, killing 12 people.

US authorities have warned travellers to Europe during the holiday season to beware of possible attacks on popular gathering places and travel hubs.


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