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NYC Attacker May Have Been Motivated By Israel Decision

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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New York City attacker Akayed Ullah may have been motivated to carry out his attempted suicide bombing by the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Ullah reportedly mentioned an “incursion into Gaza” to authorities after he was treated for injuries at Bellevue hospital. Ullah strapped a reported pipe bomb to his chest with zip ties and velcro and attempted to detonate it on a crowded New York City subway walkway Monday morning during the rush hour commute.

Ullah is a former New York City cab driver who entered the U.S. with his parents on a family immigrant visa in 2011 and is a lawful permanent resident who resides in Brooklyn. Authorities have not commented as to Ullah’s specific motivation but are investigating it as a terror related incident. Former police commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC Monday morning that the attack was “possibly ISIS inspired.”

His attack comes only a month after Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov mowed down Manhattan pedestrians in early November, marking the deadliest attack on New York City since 9/11.

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