Manhattan subway pipe bomb suspect indicted on terrorism charges

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He was arrested soon after the pipe bomb failed to fully explode, though he was initially hospitalized after suffering burns.

The indictment comes almost a month after Ullah, 27, allegedly set off a pipe bomb in a subway passageway inside the Port Authority bus terminal during morning rush hour on December 11.

"In selecting this time and place, Ullah's alleged goal in the Port Authority bombing was painfully clear: to inflict as much damage as possible, and to strike fear into the hearts of New Yorkers in the name of ISIS", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said when announcing the indictment.

Ullah has been in the United States since 2011 as a result of chain migration, authorities said.

Officials are also charging Ullah with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, and for using a weapon of mass destruction to commit a terrorist attack, Reuters reports.

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His court-appointed attorney, Amy Gallicchio, did not elaborate on the plea outside court.

In this courtroom drawing, Akayed Ullah is seen on a video monitor from his hospital room, joined by federal defenders Amy Gallicchio (left) and Juliet Gatto on December 13, 2017, in NY.

During the 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. U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Parker is pictured at left on the bench beside the video monitor.

The Bangladeshi-born suspect was indicted Wednesday for allegedly detonating a faulty bomb last month, only seriously injuring himself.

Emotions ran high at the time of Ullah's arrest, which occurred in the middle of the holiday season and quickly fed the political machine. President Donald Trump called for further restrictions to the F-4 program that allowed Bangladesh-born Ullah to obtain a USA visa, fueling the myth of an immigrant crime wave. He has been housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in Lower Manhattan since he was moved from Bellevue Hospital last month. Turner estimated that if the case went to trial, it would likely take one to two weeks.

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