Neighbors say Port Authority bombing suspect always looked ‘angry’

Monday’s would-be suicide bomber is a former black-car driver from Bangladesh who lived with his parents in Brooklyn — and walked around “always angry,’’ neighbors and authorities said.

“I’ve seen him in the neighborhood’’ going to get his coffee and bagels, said Kat Mara, 63, who works at a real-estate company near 1689 E. 48th St. in Flatlands, one of three Brooklyn addresses associated with suspected terrorist Akayed Ullah, 27.

“He is very aloof — not even a hello,’’ she said. “I’ve never see him with anybody.

“He looked weird … always angry. He always seemed like he had something on his mind.’’

Local hardware-store owner Ronald Ross, 52, added of the accused terrorist, “He never talks to no one or anything like that. Everyone else says hello and is friendly to you.”

Ullah, 27, arrived in the US from Bangladesh on Sept. 21, 2011 on an F-4 Visa, which is for siblings of American citizens, law-enforcement sources said. He is currently a legal green-card holder, they said.

He lived with his father, mother and brother and worked as a livery driver in the city for a few years until his license lapsed in 2015, officials said. Authorities are now questioning his parents and sibling, law-enforcement sources said.

Ullah may have been recently working at a relative’s electrical company in Kensington, sources said.

He traveled back to Bangladesh in September, Reuters said, quoting the country’s head of police. He had no criminal record there, authorities said.

He lived with his family in the first-floor apartment of a two-family house on East 48th Street, according to locals. That address is listed on Ullah’s driver’s license — and FBI agents and NYPD detectives armed with search warrants were scouring the home Monday for potential evidence, law-enforcement sources said.

“They just seemed like quiet people — nothing out of the ordinary,’’ resident Shawnda Chapman Brown, 39, said of Ullah and his relatives.

“The family just seemed to be a normal family.”

Robert Becker, 59, who owns a furniture-repair business in the neighborhood, said he recently did work on an armoire for the family.

Becker said he came to the home one day and the family was sitting down together having dinner.

“They seemed like a nice family,’’ he said. “The house had a lot of Arabic things on the wall — a plaque or something — stuff I see in a lot of houses if the family is religious.”

The mom “asked her husband if the price was OK,’’ Becker added. “He OK’d it, and we did the work.”

Additional reporting by Danielle Furfaro and Kate Sheehy


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