NYC was again the target of an Islamic terrorist nutbag. Fortunately this one was incompetent. Excerpt:
An ISIS-inspired would-be suicide bomber set off a homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station Monday morning, seriously wounding himself and injuring three others, law enforcement sources said.
The man — a 27-year-old Brooklyn man identified by high ranking police sources as Akayed Ullah — had wires attached to him and a 5-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack strapped to his midsection as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub.
The man partially detonated the device, which he was carrying under the right side of his jacket, prematurely inside the passageway to the A, C and E trains at Eighth Avenue and West 42nd Street around 7:40 a.m., sources said.
Police quickly took the man into custody.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the man was inspired by ISIS and possibly born in Bangladesh.
Bratton, who said the man had been living in the US for seven years, “was supposedly setting the device off in the name of ISIS.”
“So, definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended,” Bratton said.
You can’t see much in the embedded video, but the puff of gray-white smoke makes me wonder if the agent used was black powder. Black powder can make a hell of a bang if the device is constructed right, but it’s tricky stuff. It takes flame or a hot spark to set it off, and if the charge isn’t tightly contained in a stout metal housing, it will vent and just burn off rapidly, producing the kind of burns the perp here is said to have.
We can’t count on ISIS-inspired nutbars to all be incompetent, but this time, NYC caught a break. Bad news is this: The next asshole will probably learn from this asshole’s mistakes.