Manhattan subway pipe bomb suspect indicted on terrorism charges

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Authorities said Ullah detonated a device beneath the Port Authority Bus terminal, which accommodates 220,000 passenger trips a day.

When Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Sullivan asked Ullah his plea, Ullah replied, "At this moment, not guilty". The attack was the third to hit New York City over the last 17 months.

A Bangladeshi immigrant has been indicted in the failed pipe bombing attempt in a tunnel near Port Authority.

During Wednesday's indictment hearing, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said the selection of time and place has made it clear that Akayed's intention was to inflict as much damage as possible, and to strike fear into the hearts of New Yorkers in the name of Islamic State.

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. He remains held without bail at a lockup next to the federal court complex in lower Manhattan.

She said Ullah recently had some stitches removed but had others that were still causing him a "great deal of discomfort".

The judge said she should make her requests first of prison authorities and return to the judge only if they don't respond.

He said other evidence includes Ullah's post-arrest statements, Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory reports on fingerprints and other forensic evidence along with materials gathered during searches of locations where Ullah stored his laptop and other personal items.

Prosecutors say that Ullah used a pipe bomb filled with metal screws in the attack. The Republican president later demanded tightened immigration rules.

Police said Ullah had been inspired by the Islamic State terror group and was angry about USA -led bombings of IS territory in the Middle East.

Gallicchio said the defense would need 90 days to review discovery material in the case, which Turner said includes video of Ullah allegedly carrying out the attack, phone records, financial records, travel records and message logs from his electronic devices.

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