Akayed Ullah has reportedly told authorities that he was specifically “inspired” by ISIS Christmas threats.
According to the New York Post, “Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, said the attack was specifically inspired by ISIS — “not Al-Qaeda” — and also mentioned seeing Christmas posters before detonating the device in the underground tunnel between the bustling bus depot and the Times Square subway. The seasonal imagery set him off — inspiring him to follow ISIS Christmas threats,” which he attempted to do by detonating an explosive device.
Ullah has told authorities that he acted alone.
However, there are reports that his brother attended the same Mosque where the infamous “Blind Sheik” Abdel-Rahman once preached. Rahman was the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
While very few news outlets have directly pointed it out, the fact that Ullah was targeting symbols of Christmas would clearly make his attempted terrorist attack also an anti-Christian hate crime.
It raises disturbing questions about why somebody who has been given tremendous opportunities in a free country would turn against a nation that had afforded him such opportunities, and shows that not enough is being done to counter radicalization and radical Islam.
As a result, the attempted attack – and previous attacks – are causing more people to raise questions about immigration policy, and the need for tougher and more effective border security and vetting measures. After all, no country should have to welcome people who hate the very same country that is welcoming them.
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