Subway pipe bomb suspect faces judge

Subway pipe bomb suspect faces judge

Subway pipe bomb suspect faces judge

The accused Port Authority bomber told a Manhattan federal judge Thursday that he was pleading not guilty in the case - at least for now.

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

The federal grand jury indicted Ullah yesterday with one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and one count of using and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Ullah is suspected of strapping a pipe bomb to his body and setting it off in a subway passageway.

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

During the proceeding, she asked Sullivan if he could intervene to speed medical care to Ullah at the lockup next to the courthouse in lower Manhattan.

Ullah 27 was the only person seriously hurt in the Dec. 11 attack
Ullah 27 was the only person seriously hurt in the Dec. 11 attack

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi man, faces a litany of charges in the December 11 bombing in an underground walkway connecting two subway lines beneath the Port Authority Bus terminal. Ullah responded: "At this moment, not guilty". He seemed to walk gingerly to his seat before the hearing began.

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.

"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". The government said he later described himself as an adherent of the Islamic State group, and was angry about US policies in the Mideast. He has not yet set a trial date.

Investigators said Ullah admitted he built the bomb at his apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn and was self-radicalized by ISIS videos he had watched online.

Authorities said Ullah taunted President Donald Trump on Facebook before the attack.

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