The family of the alleged ISIS-inspired NYC Port Authority bombing suspect said they are “outraged by the behavior of law enforcement” officials conducting an investigation into the attack.
In a family statement read by Albert Fox Cahn, the legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in New York, the family said: “We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family.”
“But we’re also outraged by the behavior of the law enforcement officials who held children as small as 4 years old out in the cold and who pulled a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without [a] lawyer, without his parents,” he added. “These are not the actions that we expect from our justice system.”
Akayed Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh, detonated a pipe bomb that was strapped to his chest while in New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday, during the height of rush hour in a tunnel that connects the 7th and 8th Avenue tracks, possibly heading toward Times Square. He seriously injured himself, and is now in custody and faces charges.
Authorities say that Ullah was inspired by ISIS propaganda.