The Port Authority bomber’s family said they’re “outraged” by the way police are treating them.
New York, NY – The family of the Port Authority bomber has said they are “outraged” by the treatment his family received from law enforcement in the wake of Monday’s failed bombing.
“These are not the sorts of actions we expect from our justice system. We have every confidence that our justice system will find the truth behind this attack and that we will in the end be able learn what occurred today,” the family of bomber Akayed Ullah said in a statement read by Albert Fox Cahn, the Legal Director for the New York Chapter Council for Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY).
The terrorist’s family criticized police for what they claimed were heavy-handed tactics by investigators after the ISIS-inspired terror attack on Monday.
The 27-year old bomber injured himself with shrapnel when he detonated his homemade pipe bomb prematurely inside the Port Authority bus terminal during rush hour on Dec. 11.
The blast occurred about 7:20 a.m. in a passageway underneath 42nd Street in Manhattan that connects the subway stations at Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Police said they believed Ullah was heading toward the Times Square Subway Station when it occurred. He also had a second device with him that he didn’t have an opportunity to detonate.
Ullah was interviewed by police, and claimed he carried out the attack for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and was inspired by the group, according to CBS News.
He was taken into custody after the attack, and was charged Tuesday morning with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism, and making a terroristic threat in connection with Monday’s attack, according to the New York Post.
The blast created chaos but didn’t injure many people. Four people were reported to have minor injuries, according to FOX News.
Interestingly, rather than apologizing to the citizens of New York whose lives were threatened by Ullah’s bombs, his family complained about the treatment they received.
“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,” the family said.
“But we’re also outraged by the behavior of the law enforcement officials who held children as small as 4 years old out in the cold and who pulled a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without lawyer, without his parents,” they said.
CAIR-NY clarified that the children referenced in the statement are children of Ullah’s cousins, whom police interviewed in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, according to CBS News.
Police said that Ullah built the bomb with the intent to harm others using elements he acquired at his workplace, although it is unclear where he actually assembled his explosive devices.
Investigators are investigating whether Ullah may have been in contact with known extremists, and if he was assisted by others in the plot.