NYPD: Port Authority ‘bomber’ was completely off our radar

Port Authority terror suspect Akayed Ullah was not on law enforcement’s radar, according to the NYPD’s counter-terror chief, who said Tuesday that the Bangladesh-native simply appeared to be a stable, working-class immigrant.

“This is an individual who…was living here, went through a number of jobs, was not particularly struggling financially or under any known pressure, who was not on our radar at the NYPD, not on the FBI radar,” Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism John Miller said during an interview on “CBS This Morning.”

“He’s somewhat characteristic of what we’ve been seeing across the world, which is somebody who turns up one day out of the blue.”

Ullah had two home made pipe bombs strapped to his waist when one of the devices apparently detonated prematurely in a crowded pedestrian tunnel connecting the Port Authority and Times Square subway stations Monday morning, police said.

The blast injured five people, including Ullah, who was badly hurt.

“In bomb making… it’s not as easy as these instructions make it out to be, which is a good thing,” Miller said. “But if you look at what he attempted to make that bomb out of and what he attempted to make it into, it didn’t function with the force and power that the recipe intended it to.”

“I think that what we saw yesterday could have been far far worse.”

Miller added that Ullah made statements after his arrest, and that authorities have “learned a lot” from him.

Miller also said it’s getting harder and harder to stop lone wolf terrorists like Ullah.

“You’ve got people who are consumers of this propaganda and these plots unfold where they’re not necessarily working with anybody else, or confiding in anybody else; where the conspiracy is within the confines of their own mind,” he said.

“That’s a very hard place to get to.”

Source: https://nypost.com/2017/12/12/nypd-port-authority-bomber-was-completely-off-our-radar/

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