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Bangladeshi immigrant indicted for NY subway bomb attack

12 January 2018

Akayed Ullah was arrested after allegedly setting off a pipe bomb in a tunnel leading to Times Square on December 11, 2017.

Police stand guard inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal near the scene of an explosion December 11, 2017.

When Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Sullivan asked Ullah his plea, Ullah replied, "At this moment, not guilty".

Akayed, who was wearing blue jail-issued clothing, said he understood the terrorism charges against him.

Akayed Ullah, 27, who also suffered injuries in the blast, is also charged with providing material support to the Islamic State, conducting a terrorist attack on a mass transit system, bombing a public place, destruction of property with fire or explosives and using an improvised explosive device in furtherance of a crime.

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.

Akayed Ullah allegedly detonated a pipe bomb underneath New York City's Port Authority.

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A Bangladeshi immigrant accused of trying to set off a pipe bomb in a subway corridor but only succeeded in harming himself pleaded not guilty to terror charges on Thursday.

Authorities also found a passport in Ullah's name with the handwritten notation: "O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE".

Ullah's public defender, Amy Gallicchio, would not explain the unusual phrasing.

"When we have an indictment containing charges like this, I think it's easy to lose sight of the important and invaluable rights that every person is afforded in our system of justice, including Mr. Ullah", Gallicchio said. Only he was seriously injured.

CNN cited a law enforcement official as saying that Ullah said he carried out the attempted attack because of "recent Israeli actions in Gaza".

Meanwhile, Ullah will seek medical attention inside Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional, where attorneys say that he needs treatment to remove his stitches and replace his dressing.

Bangladeshi immigrant indicted for NY subway bomb attack