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ISIS Acknowledges NYC Subway Bomber, But Refuses to Claim Ullah as Their Own

subway bomber akayed ullah in federal court

The Islamic State acknowledged in the new issue of their weekly al-Naba newsletter that Monday's New York subway bomber claimed to be their "soldier," without explicitly claiming Akayed Ullah back.

The attack news was demoted even further back in the issue than the Halloween attack on a Manhattan bike path, in which Sayfullo Saipov is accused of killing eight people before his capture. That was on page 3 next to the editor's note, while Ullah was relegated to the news briefs buried on page 11 of 12.

Ullah, 27, a lawful permanent resident from Bangladesh who lived with his family in Brooklyn, is accused of setting off the improvised explosive device during Monday morning rush hour in Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal. There were three injuries that consisted of ringing ears or headaches, and Ullah was burned on his abdomen from the pipe bomb detonation.

The criminal complaint says Ullah told investigators “I did it for the Islamic State," while news stories cited law enforcement sources saying Ullah told them he had also read al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine and found the bomb-making instructions online.

Inspire, which is published in English and circulated widely online, features more practical how-to advice for jihadists than ISIS publications, with explicit directions geared toward novices for making a variety of devices. The bomb recipe from "The AQ Chef" used by Ullah was published in the summer 2015 issue, including a Christmas light in the circuit.