- The Washington Times - Monday, December 11, 2017

The attacker in the bus terminal explosion in New York City told authorities Monday that he was motivated by Israeli actions in Gaza, reports CNN.

The suspect, Akayed Ullah, spoke with authorities at Bellevue Hospital where he was taken after the bomb went off. He was the only person severely injured in the attack after his homemade pipe bomb failed to fully detonate near the Port Authority bus terminal in midtown Manhattan.

“This is a person who was living in New York, a cab driver, car service driver, who was annoyed, irritated by our political position, or sympathetic to ISIS etc.,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Democrat, said on MSNBC.

Over the weekend, Israeli groups claim they destroyed a tunnel between Gaza and Israel. This is also the first instance of a terrorist attack in the U.S. since President Trump announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, sparking outrage and protests across the Muslim world.

“He detonated the bomb, the explosive chemical in the bomb went off, it did not have the desired affect of causing the pipe itself to shatter, which would’ve caused the more significant damage,” Mr. Cuomo explained.

The governor also said that the suspect was working alone and that he was getting his information from the internet. Mr. Cuomo said internet providers and authorities need to find a way to work together on how to determine people who pose a threat through their internet searches.

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