Security preparations for New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York’s Times Square will be altered following a botched suicide bombing in a subway tunnel, the city’s counterterrorism chief has said. Akayed Ullah, 27, has ben charged with terrorism crimes after detonating a pipe bomb in the pedestrian tunnel on Monday. John Miller, deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said the New York Police Department will carry out an “immediate” and “in-depth” review of the attempted attack. He said: “This is the first time I believe that we have seen an individual with a suicide bomb in mass transit and actually have that bomb function.
“So we’re going to take a hard look at it.”
Image: Attack suspect Akayed Ullah
Plans for security in the New Year will also consider other attacks such as the Las Vegas sniper shooting on 1 October, in which 58 people were killed and more than 500 people wounded, Mr Miller said. An increased police presence will be seen around mass transit and public gatherings, he added. In the short term, that will likely mean more heavily armed and specially trained officers on the streets, as well as more police dogs, bag screenings and checkpoints. Chemicals inside the pipe bomb ignited, but the pipe itself did not explode, officials have said.
Ullah, from Bangladesh, was seriously hurt in the blast during Monday morning rush hour . But the malfunctioning device resulted in only minor injuries for three other people. Acting US attorney Joon Kim said Ullah planned to “murder as many human beings as he could.. . in support of a vicious terrorist cause”. Court papers filed by federal prosecutors claim he told police officers after the blast that “I did it for Islamic State”. He is believed to have begun viewing pro IS material online in 2014 and prosecutors claim he carried out the attack because he was angry over US policy in the Middle East. On the morning of the attack, he posted on his Facebook page1 “Trump you failed to protect your nation”.
He has been charged with providing material support to terrorists and using weapons of mass destruction. Ullah could appear in court on Wednesday via video link.
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Israeli police say that a security guard has been stabbed near Jerusalem’s central bus station. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the guard was seriously wounded Sunday and his attacker arrested . The Magen David Adom medical service says a 30-year-old male suffered a stabbing wound in his upper body. The incident appeared to be the first attack since President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital . The announcement set off protests and demonstration across the West Bank, eastJerusalem and the Gaza Strip, and demonstrations around the world.
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Brazilian Grand Prix organisers have been issued with security recommendations by the FIA to implement in 2018 to avoid the issues which plagued this year’s race weekend. The penultimate race of the season had a series of robberies and attacks on F1 personnel1 take place away from Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit . Most concerning was the fact that the incidents continued despite local police increasing its presence around the circuit after Mercedes staff members were robbed at gunpoint early in the weekend. The problematic weekend prompted Pirelli and McLaren to cancel a two-day tyre test planned to take place at the circuit the following week . F1 management said it could not be held responsible for the attacks, but the failure to address concerns during the weekend itself led to criticism, prompting a report2 to be presented to the final World Motor Sport Council meeting of the year this week.
That report has outlined a plan for Interlagos to follow next year and includes the setting up of a police reporting hub at the circuit itself. “The World Council was presented with the report on the security incidents that occurred at this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix which was requested from the Commercial Rights Holder (CRH) by the FIA,” a statement read. “Following the report, the CRH recommended that the promoter, who is responsible for the security of the event, retains an independent security expert to evaluate and advise on security plans, implements a police reporting hub at the circuit and improves overall communication between the promoter security, police and F1 stakeholders.
“The World Council strongly urged the promoter to implement these recommendations and improve the situation ahead of next year’s event . The FIA will offer to participate in discussions with the local authorities and closely monitor the situation.” Local authorities hope the impending sale of the circuit will help calm security fears for future events . The city of Sao Paulo is in talks with at least three interested parties.