New Times Square Threat: ISIS Backers 'Recognize Explosives as the Capital' of U.S.
ISIS supporters online linked today's Port Authority Bus Terminal explosion in New York to last week's administration recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a new propaganda poster.
The poster also revives ISIS backers' holiday threats against Times Square, showing a hand holding an explosive device photoshopped over an image of the busy Broadway block.
"The recognition of your dog 'Trump' Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, will make us recognize explosives as the capital of your country," the message on the poster said.
ISIS supporters also cheered news of the attack on their Telegram channels.
ISIS' official Amaq news agency had not yet issued any claim for the attack, in which three commuters suffered minor injuries as a bomber partially detonated his explosives. Police arrested Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladesh native and legal permanent resident who lives in Brooklyn, as he allegedly tried to set off the rest of a bomb attached to his body with Velcro and zip ties. Ullah, a former for-hire driver, suffered burns to his abdomen.
"Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates this male was wearing an improvised, low-tech explosive device attached to his body," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said, refusing to elaborate on statements Ullah reportedly made to police indicating inspiration from ISIS. Police told CNN that Ullah said he was exacting revenge for the "incursion into Gaza."