Akayed Ullah Indicted In Failed Pipe Bombing Near Port Authority

Akayed Ullah indicted for NY explosion

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

Court documents state that Ullah carried a 9-volt battery inside his trousers pocket with wires connected to a metal pipe.

Ullah, 27, is charged with six counts for the December 11 attack in the bus terminal, including providing material support to a terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use and public transportation.

"At this moment, not guilty", Ullah said when U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan asked for his plea to a six-count indictment that was announced on Wednesday.

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.

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

Akayed Ullah, 27, botched the attempt, injuring himself during the holiday season attack in a passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. He remains held without bail. And she said he needed some of the dressing on his wounds changed.

Prosecutors at the hearing said they had hundreds of pages of materials - including emails and social media messages, post-arrest statements, bomb parts and surveillance video showing the blast - to turn over to the defense, and estimated Ullah's trial would last one to two weeks.

Ullah was treated at Bellevue Hospital after the blast for burns and cuts to his hands and abdomen and is now in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

"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.

Ullah had a pipe bomb strapped to his body with Velcro when it went off inside the station. President Donald Trump and GOP leadership have publicly opposed this policy and have said the practice should be halted as part of any comprehensive immigration reform.



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