Colbert, after Port Authority explosion, says 'New York commuters don't flinch'

Isaac Cain
December 12, 2017

After Monday morning's subway explosion, which seriously injured Ullah but no one else, Trump issued a statement saying, "America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many unsafe, inadequately vetted people to access our country". He did not elaborate.

New York Police Department Commissioner James O Neil said the attacker has been identified.

Immigration officials said that Ullah arrived in the United States from Bangladesh in 2011 on a family immigrant visa and has lived in Brooklyn ever since as a legal permanent resident.

"New York commuters don't even flinch when the subway breakdancers kick two inches away from their face", Colbert said.

President Trump "has been briefed on the explosion in New York City", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said via a tweet.

The device didn't work as intended; authorities said Ullah, 27, was the only person seriously wounded.

Law enforcement officials said Ullah looked at IS propaganda online but is not known to have any direct contact with the militants and probably acted alone.

Officials are now on the scene at Manhattan's extremely busy transportation hub, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, after an explosion was reported around 7:30 a.m. EST, the height of rush hour.

On Monday night, Ullah's family said in statement that it was "heartbroken" and "deeply saddened" by the suffering the attack had caused.

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Ullah's case has prompted renewed criticism of the USA immigration policies of chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.

Officials said Tuesday that Bangladesh counterterrorism officers are questioning Ullah's wife and other relatives. In the last few years, Butrico said, he had some unpleasant encounters with Ullah. He was licensed to drive a livery cab between 2012 and 2015, but the license was allowed to lapse, according to law enforcement officials and New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The source said the explosion, if it had detonated properly, "could have inflicted a lot more harm".

Ullah set off an explosion in an underground pedestrian corridor between New York's Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal at rush hour on Monday, injuring himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack.

Ullah could be arraigned as early as today at Bellevue Hospital, where he is recuperating from burns and cuts to his hands and stomach, law enforcement sources said.

8th Avenue was shut down in the Times Square area as well. Three commuters suffered minor injuries, they said.

Akayed Ullah is charged with five federal counts, including detonating a weapon of mass destruction and providing material support to ISIS, according to a federal complaint released Tuesday.

Investigators are interviewing Ullah's family and going through his social media accounts, phone records and messages, as well as financial records looking for large deposits or withdrawals, King said.

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