Police detained the wife and parents-in-law of Akayed Ullah from the city’s Jigatala area on Tuesday for interrogation about the Bangladeshi suspect in Monday’s pipe bomb explosion beneath New York’s Times Square.
Two of the detainees are Akayed’s wife Jannatul Ferdous Jui and his father-in-law Zulfikar Haider.
A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police picked them up from their residence at 10/1 Moneshwar Road around 3pm, said a top police official wishing anonymity.
Jui’s six-month-old son was with her when police detained her.
Akayed went to the USA in 2011 for pursuing study, said CTTC Additional Deputy Commissioner Saiful Islam.
Earlier, a joint team of police from Chittagong Metropolitan Police and Sandwip Police Station visited Akayed Ullah’s village at Musapur Union in Sandwip upazila and talked to his relatives.
A would-be suicide bomber’s rush-hour blast in the heart of the New York City subway system failed to cause the bloodshed he intended, authorities said, but it gave new fuel to President Donald Trump’s push to limit immigration, reports AP.
Hours after Monday’s explosion in an underground passageway connecting two of Manhattan’s busiest stations, Trump cited the background of the alleged bomber in renewing his call for closer scrutiny of foreigners who come to the country and less immigration based on family ties.
New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, 27, who sustained injuries from the blast and was in police custody. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was an attempted terror attack.
Sohel Mahmud, a Bangladesh citizen from Sandwip and now in New York, said Akayed Ullah has a nickname – ‘Shapu’– and he is not well known in the big Sandwip community in the USA.
He said Shapu lived in Bangladesh until he was 20 years old and he has two sisters and one elder brother.