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Exclusive: New Video Shows Dramatic Police Response in Port Authority Subway Blast

What to Know

  • Akayed Ullah is accused of trying to bomb the Port Authority subway corridor on Dec. 11; he was the only person seriously injured

  • New video obtained exclusively by News 4 shows the dramatic police response in the tunnel as they cautiously approach, then retreat

  • A retired FBI agent who reviewed the video notes the training put to use by those first reponders

Surveillance video obtained exclusively by News 4 New York shows the dramatic moments immediately after the Port Authority pipe bomb blast last December in which first responders swarm the bomber — and realize he’s strapped.

Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant living in Brooklyn, tried to set off the pipe bomb in the corridor between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Times Square subway station the morning of Dec. 11, as commuters are rushing to work. Video obtained by the News 4 shows a sudden flash, and then when the smoke clears, Ullah is seen lying on the ground, legs twitching.

The corridor has suddenly emptied, and a horrified crowd gathers at one end to peer at the body on the ground, before police arrive to push them out and evacuate the terminal. 

A contingent of police officers and soldiers soon sweeps in from the end of the corridor, flashlights on and guns drawn. They descend on Ullah and, peering over his body, suddenly see something that alarms them, and they quickly retreat. 

“There might be something in his hand that they’re trying to prevent him from activating,” said retired FBI agent JJ Klaver, who reviewed the footage with the News 4 I-Team. “And then this officer, she steps on him.” 

Klaver noted that the first team of officers who respond follows their training by not reaching for their radios or any electronics that could trigger a bomb. 

“They can’t use their radios in that proximity,” he said. “The training is, you’re not gonna use your radio or cellphone. You’re gonna back away.”

Moments later, Ullah, still lying on the ground, shows signs of consciousness as he bends a…

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