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Bangladeshi immigrant indicted in failed pipe bombing at Port Authority

13 January 2018
Bangladeshi immigrant indicted in failed pipe bombing at Port Authority

A Bangladeshi immigrant was indicted Wednesday in the failed pipe bombing of the NY subway system last month.

"Ullah's alleged plot failed, and he is now charged with federal terrorism offenses and facing life behind bars".

Akayed Ullah, 27, now faces charges including one count of seeking to provide material support to a terrorist organization, namely Daesh, and one count of using and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Ullah was indicted Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in the failed pipe bombing of the NY subway system in December.

The judge asked Ullah if he had seen the six-count indictment and had the opportunity to speak with his lawyers about it.

FILE - In this December 12, 2017, file photo, a Bangladeshi man reads a national newspaper whose front pages shows the news of 27-year-old Bangladeshi man Akayed Ullah, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Akayed Ullah had no visible injuries in Thursday's hearing after the flubbed attack in the corridor linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Times Square subway station on December 11.

When asked by a judge if he had a plea, he responded saying not guilty.

Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, said little during his first appearance in federal court in Manhattan. Ullah was injured, and three others were slightly hurt. He seemed to walk gingerly to his seat before the hearing began. The pipe bomb did not fully explode.

Authorities said the device was built at Ullah's Brooklyn home, and that he'd stored materials like metal screws for shrapnel.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George Turner said evidence Ullah will face at a trial likely to last only a week or two includes surveillance video of him detonating the bomb, along with photographs of bomb components on him and elsewhere.

Before the blast, Ullah posted messages to his Facebook page referring to ISIS and taunting President Donald Trump. The Republican president later demanded tightened immigration rules.

"Less than one month ago, during the holiday rush hour, Akayed Ullah allegedly detonated a bomb in a major transit hub of New York City", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a press release.