The latest: Subway bomb ignited by Christmas light, matches

Posted at 6:47 PM, Dec 11, 2017

6:15 p.m.

Law enforcement officials say a pipe bomb that exploded in a crowded New York City subway passageway was ignited with a Christmas light, matches and a nine-volt battery.

The officials say the short pipe was packed with explosive powder but didn’t work as intended. The blast wasn’t powerful enough to turn the pipe into deadly shrapnel.

Authorities have identified the attacker as Akayed Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh.

Law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation say he had looked at Islamic State group propaganda online and told investigators he was retaliating against U.S. military aggression.

The blast during the Monday morning rush hour injured three people besides Ullah, who’s being treated at a hospital.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the blast.

—By Colleen Long and Tom Hays.


5:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump says a bomb blast in Manhattan highlights the need for an immigration overhaul.

Trump said Monday that the U.S. “must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people” into the country.

The Republican president points to his controversial travel ban as an example of the kind of policy that needs to be put in place. And he’s calling on Congress to end “chain migration,” in which family members are permitted to join relatives who have immigrated.

He also says people convicted of terror acts “deserve the strongest penalty allowed by law, including the death penalty in appropriate cases.”

The only person seriously wounded Monday was the suspected bomber.