Accused New York Bomber’s Household Says Assault ‘Our Worst Nightmare’

Accused New York Bomber's Family Says Attack 'Our Worst Nightmare'

Akayed Ullah, the 27-year-old suspected bomber, had a crude pipe bomb strapped to his physique (File)

Dhaka:  Zulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would dwell the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi residing in the US, however that dream became a nightmare when the household noticed photos of her husband wounded after allegedly attempting to set off a bomb in a crowded New York commuter hub.

Haider’s household had been frightened when his son-in-law, Akayed Ullah, 27, missed an everyday name to his spouse on Monday. Their fear solely worsened when his spouse screamed as she discovered on-line photos of Ullah, down on the bottom with obvious accidents to his abdomen after the bomb ignited however didn’t detonate.

“Even in our worst nightmares, we couldn’t have foreseen this,” Haider, 62, informed Reuters on Wednesday night, following two days of questioning by Bangladesh’s counterterrorism police.

Haider, a jewelry showroom accountant in Dhaka, stated his household was surprised by the information that Ullah had been charged by the US with terrorism offences after he tried to detonate a bomb strapped to his waist in a pedestrian tunnel resulting in Instances Sq., injuring himself and three others.

“There was by no means any indication he would do that. I feel it is a conspiracy. An individual who retains roza (non secular fasting in Islam), reads the Quran and goes to mosque 5 occasions a day cannot do such a heinous act,” Haider stated.

He recalled being elated when Ullah’s household known as from the US in December 2015 asking for the hand of his daughter, Jannatul Ferdous Jui, now 25. The couple wed in Bangladesh the next month. Jui continued to dwell in Bangladesh whereas she completed her research and gave start to their son, who’s now 6 months outdated.

“We had been very excited. I hoped my daughter would go to the US, and my son-in-law would then assist get my son over there,” Haider stated, assembly Reuters after night prayers within the mosque by his home in a middle-class neighbourhood in central Dhaka. “What else do dad and mom need?”

‘Solely God Is aware of’

The white-bearded Haider stated he couldn’t perceive how Ullah, who had lived in the US since 2011, may have dedicated the assault.

“Solely God is aware of what occurred to him in America,” Haider stated.

US President Donald Trump reiterated his name for harder immigration guidelines following Monday’s assault, which got here lower than two months after an Uzbek immigrant killed eight individuals by rushing a rental truck down a New York Metropolis bike path.

ISIS claimed duty for the October assault, whereas Ullah claimed allegiance to the fear group, in keeping with US federal prosecutors.

Haider stated he feared Monday’s incident may result in a backlash towards Bangladeshis residing in the US.

Jui completed her Bachelor of Arts diploma in accounting from a Dhaka faculty in March. When Ullah final came to visit in September after their son was born, they deliberate to get a passport for her to probably be part of him in the US someday in 2018.

“He spent more often than not along with his 6-month-old son when he got here down,” stated Haider. “He isn’t a lot of a social particular person. He does probably not have buddies, not into gossiping. He has by no means introduced any good friend to our home.”

Haider’s household has not been capable of discuss to Ullah for the reason that failed bombing.

Bangladesh police, in the meantime, have questioned Haider in addition to his spouse, daughter and his 22-year-old son. Their cellphone name data have been scanned.

Bangladesh’s counterterrorism chief, Monirul Islam, informed Reuters they’ve discovered no hyperlinks of Ullah with any terrorist group in his residence nation. However the chief added that investigations had been persevering with and the household was below surveillance.

“I now not need my daughter to go to America,” Haider stated. “I simply need our son-in-law again.”

© Thomson Reuters 2017

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