ISIS supporters took to propaganda channels in the wake of the attempted NYC bomb attack Monday, and declared to “recognize explosives” as the U.S. capital.
Online ISIS sympathizers shared a poster on a Telegram account after the attack that insinuated a connection between Monday’s botched bomb attempt in NYC and President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, according to PJ Media.
The poster, reported Monday by SITE Intelligence Group, depicted a hand holding an improvised bomb against an NYC backdrop, with the text, “The recognition of your dog ‘Trump’ Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will make us recognize explosives as the capital of your country.”
After the attack on Times Square today, this photo was published by a Telegram account often used to disseminate jihadist propaganda, according to director for The Center for the Analysis of Terrorism in Paris pic.twitter.com/aAlQPhTAiE
— Michael Schwirtz (@mschwirtz) December 11, 2017
Akayed Ullah, the man suspected of attempting to bomb a New York subway station, further implied Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as a motive for his attack when he mentioned an “incursion into Gaza” to authorities after being treated for injuries he sustained in the botched detonation.
Ullah is a lawful resident of the U.S. and former cab driver who immigrated from Bangladesh with his parents in 2011 on a family immigrant visa. He reportedly strapped a homemade pipe bomb to his body and tried to blow up a New York city subway walkway during morning rush hour, which he allegedly targeted because of its Christmas ads, killing no one and injuring five people.
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