On Tuesday, police say Akayed Ullah attempted to commit a suicide attack (reportedly on behalf of ISIS) near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. Luckily, he had very little success, and nobody was killed. Several people were injured.
Ullah attended the Masjid Nur Al-Islam in Kensington, Brooklyn, according to the New York Times. A regular attendee, he “was close to the mosque’s Imam and was often seen with him at afternoon prayers,” the report adds.
Once funded by the government of Saudi Arabia, Masjid Nur Al-Islam appears to be a hotbed of terrorist recruitment.
A former imam at the mosque was under FBI surveillance for some time. He once testified as a character witness for Clement Rodney Hampton-El, or “Dr. Rashid,” who was later convicted in a plot to bomb landmarks throughout New York City.
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