Bangladesh: nyc bomber's family 'will not be spared' if tied to terrorism | GLOBAL NEWS TODAY


Bangladesh: nyc bomber’s family ‘will not be spared’ if tied to terrorism | GLOBAL NEWS TODAY

Ullah — who immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh after being sponsored by an uncle in the country — told police following his failed attack that he had acted in the name of the Islamic State. The police complaint filed against Ullah states that he had been radicalizing in his faith for years and planning to build a bomb for an estimated year. “Akayed Ullah is a US citizen, who has been living in that country since 2011. He has been investigated by the US authorities, and in Bangladesh, his relatives are being questioned by the law enforcers,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal confirmed on Wednesday, according to the Dhaka Tribune. “We will take action against any family member of Akayed’s found engaged in militant activities,” he added. “Akayed’s family members won’t be spared if they have link to militancy.” The Bangladeshi newspaper also reported on Wednesday that police had rounded up four people described as “close relatives” of Ullah’s for a second round of questioning after detaining them on Monday, among them Ullah’s wife and in-laws. Ullah married a woman identified as 25-year-old Jannatul Ferdous Jui in 2016, who lives in Bangladesh with the couple’s six-month-old infant. The first round of questioning revealed that Jui spoke to Ullah 30 minutes before the attack, but she claimed that she was “surprised” by his actions and unaware of his jihadist tendencies. The New York Post notes that investigators also found evidence that Ullah had attempted to radicalize her by exposing her to sermons by extremist imams. Ullah was last in Bangladesh in September. While that nation continues its investigation into his family there, relatives of Ullah’s in New York published a statement Monday through the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in which they attacked police for their prompt investigation of the attack. “We are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials who have held children as small as four years old out in the cold and…

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