A 27-year-old New York resident of Bangladeshi descent attempted a suicide bombing in one of Manhattan’s busiest subway corridors on Monday morning.  The explosive, reported as a “low tech device” and believed to be a pipe bomb strapped to the man’s chest, is said to have detonated prematurely, injuring the attacker as well as four others, one of whom was a police officer.

The suspect has been identified as Akayed Ullah, a Brooklyn resident and former taxi driver.  His license to operate taxies in the city of New York lapsed in 2015, and although the suspect reportedly built the improvised explosive vest “at work,” his place of employment has not yet been released.

This photo from a 2011 drivers license shows Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the explosion near New York’s Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo)

Ullah was born in the city of Chittagong in Bangladesh, and last visited the nation as recently as September 8th of this year.

At just after 7:00a.m., Ullah entered the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan and filed into the commuter-dense crowd, not far from Times Square.  At 7:20, he detonated the pipe bomb attached to his body with a “combination of Velcro and zip ties,” suffering burns to his hands and abdomen.  He was listed in critical condition, while the four people he harmed in the explosion suffered only minor injuries.