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Suspect in New York bomb attack said to have been inspired by Islamic State's call for Christmas attacks

Suspect in New York bomb attack said to have been inspired by Islamic State's call for Christmas attacks

The suspect in a bomb attack in New York City’s transit system Monday told investigators he had been inspired by Islamic State’s recent call for attacks in Western cities around the Christmas holidays, a federal law enforcement official said.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was injured and in custody after detonating a makeshift pipe bomb in an underground passageway near Times Square, injuring four people and snarling Manhattan transit.

New York Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said Ullah was moving through a crowd wearing an “improvised low-tech explosive device” attached to his body, which he intentionally detonated.

The explosion occurred...

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