Hewitt man one of three injured in NY subway bombing


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BY ERIKA NORTON

One of the three people injured in the recent bombing in the New York City subway was a man from Hewitt.

According to the New York Daily News, David Wall, 64, of Hewitt, was injured after a bomb strapped to a man exploded in a pedestrian passageway between the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations. The incident happened around 7:20 a.m. on Dec. 11 during the early morning commuter rush.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident a terrorist attack.

Wall checked himself into a hospital, according to the New York Daily News, seeking treatment for chest pains and ringing in his ears. Attempts to reach Wall by phone and email were unsuccessful.

Two other people suffered minor injuries from the attack, according to police.

The would-be suicide bomber — identified by police as 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant and Brooklyn resident Akayed Ullah — suffered the most severe injuries.

“Yesterday, in the heart of rush hour, as thousands came into New York City through the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Akayed Ullah allegedly came with a hate-filled heart and an evil purpose: to murder as many innocent people as he could and blow himself up in the process, all in support of the vicious terrorist cause of ISIS,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim for the Southern District of New York said in a statement on Tuesday. “Although yesterday he allegedly stood in the tunnels under Port Authority plotting to kill, today he stands charged with federal crimes of terrorism.

“Those alleged terrorists who target New York City do so because they feel threatened by the strength of our spirit, the height of our ambition, and the breadth of our freedom,” Kim continued. “They come seeking to sow hate, fear, and terror. But in New York City, they find instead strength, resilience, and hope. Like many before him, Akayed Ullah will also find another great American virtue: justice. That justice will be tough, it will be fair, and it will be swift.”

Ullah was charged with provision of material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, using and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, bombing and attempting to bomb a place of public use, destruction of property by means of fire or explosives and use of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence. Two of these charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.



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