The accused Port Authority bomber posted a taunting message to President Trump in the hours before the attack, authorities said Tuesday.
“Trump you failed to protect your nation,” Akayed Ullah, 27, wrote on Facebook early Monday, according to a federal complaint.
The glimpse into Ullah’s poisoned mind was revealed hours after he was hit with federal terrorism charges.
Prosecutors say the ISIS-inspired former livery cab driver was hoping to kill as many people as possible when he detonated a crude pipe bomb strapped to his chest while walking through a Port Authority tunnel Monday morning.
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Ullah, who planned to die in the attack, left behind evidence of his festering rage toward the U.S.
Investigators scouring the suspect’s Brooklyn home turned up a passport in his name with multiple handwritten notes, including “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE,” the complaint says.
The investigators also found metal pipes, Christmas light fragments and screws that matched the items used in the clumsily constructed bomb found at the scene, the complaint says.
In interviews with investigators, the Bangladeshi man said he carried out the attack in part as retaliation for U.S. government policies in the Middle East.
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“I did it for the Islamic State,” Ullah told police, the complaint says.
The failed suicide bomber also told investigators that he targeted the underground tunnel linking Times Square to the Port Authority on a weekday to inflict maximum carnage.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said Ullah traveled to the heart of Midtown with a “hate-filled heart and an evil purpose.”
“In the middle of rush hour — as everyday New Yorkers hurried to their jobs, to their schools, ready to start the work week and get going with their busy lives — one man came to kill, to maim and to destroy,” Kim said.
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“For that man, the corridors under Port Authority, the gateway into this city for hundreds of thousands of commuters everyday, was a place to murder as many innocent human beings as he could and to blow himself up in the process — all in support of a vicious terrorist cause.”
The seeds of Ullah’s radicalization were sewn around 2014 when he started watching Islamic State videos online.
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Ullah told police he began doing online research on how to build homemade explosives about a year ago.
He dedicated himself to attacking the U.S. after seeing instructions that “if supporters of ISIS were unable to travel overseas to join ISIS, they should carry out attacks in their homelands,” the complaint says.
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Ullah, who sources said was most recently working as an electrician, gathered together the bomb-making materials about two to three weeks ago, the complaint says. In need of a pipe, Ullah swiped one from his work site near the Port Authority, sources said.
He built the bomb in his Ocean Parkway apartment roughly a week before the attack, the complaint says.
The device consisted of a metal pipe filled with metal screws that was held together under his jacket with wires and zip ties, authorities said.
Federal prosecutors charged Ullah with a total of five counts, including providing material support to a terrorist group and use of weapons of mass destruction.
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The failed suicide bomber was severely injured in the 7:20 a.m. blast Monday, but the bomb failed to detonate fully.
Three others suffered minor injuries in the rush-hour attack that triggered panic and chaos in Midtown.
Ullah, who is recovering from burns and cuts to his hands and stomach at Bellevue Hospital, was expected to be arraigned from his bedside later Tuesday or on Wednesday.
Earlier Tuesday, the Port Authority police hit Ullah with several state charges — including weapons possession, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terroristic threat.
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But the case is expected to be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Police sources said on Monday that Ullah admitted to detonating the device when he saw a Christmas poster in the tunnel, sources said. He told investigators he was angry about airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.
Ullah said he was inspired by ISIS but had not gotten direct orders from the terror group, sources said Monday.
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