Teen Stowaway Had Attempted to Escape to Cuba

A teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from Jamaica to Florida had hoped to flee to Cuba, but instead he was found by federal agents in Miami International Airport, authorities said.

According to the Associated Press, TSA agents searched the teen’s luggage and located what they described as a “suspicious item” in the bulkhead near the landing gear. After opening the bag, authorities found a boy, later identified as 16-year-old Akayed Ullah, with a hand-written note listing his terror motives and eventually placed him under arrest. Ullah was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Ullah had apparently carried out his attacks against America after learning from the Islamic State. On Sunday, American authorities identified a Bangladeshi man, Sayfullo Saipov, who allegedly drove a truck into pedestrians and bicyclists in Lower Manhattan before starting his assault inside a Manhattan bike shop. It was Saipov’s first trial before a federal judge.

MORE: Investigators believe @cocaine_n_biker and @UzairN would have likely been killed/imprisoned if they had arrived in Cuba as planned. The delay may have saved lives https://t.co/UzFzseWkPw — David Becker (@DavidBliberz) April 30, 2019

This story was updated at 12:40 p.m. with more information.

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