Suspect in subway bombing was NYC cab driver
It's not yet clear if Akayed Ullah drove a yellow cab or drive-for-hire service like Lyft and Uber
Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the subway bombing in New York on Monday, was a cab driver in the city and was part of a Bangladeshi enclave in Brooklyn.
Ullah admitted to investigators that he had been radicalized online and that he had looked up how to build a pipe bomb on the internet. He said that he had decided to enact the terror attack in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Syria and other places that were targeting members of ISIS.
Ullah immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh in 2011. He had an uncle who was an American citizen and therefore came into the country in what officials call an example of “extended family chain migration.”
The enclave in Kensington has more than 3,000 Bangladeshi New Yorkers, the largest Bangladeshi enclave in New York. Mian Quadry, a representative of the Bangladesh Muslim Center in Kensington, said that he did not know Ullah himself and insisted, “This is not what and who we are.”
The Masjid Nur Al Islam mosque, which Ullah attended, was closed on Monday after the attack.
Officials also noted that Ullah had a license from 2012 to 2015 for drive-for-hire vehicles, though it was not immediately clear if he drove for Uber or if he drove a yellow cab, nor was it clear if he used his own vehicle.