Bangladeshi man pleads not guilty in NYC subway attack

  • Bangladeshi man pleads not guilty in NYC subway attack

Bangladeshi man pleads not guilty in NYC subway attack

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

The Brooklyn man accused of setting off an explosive device near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Manhattan's West Side on December 11, causing minor injuries to three bystanders and disrupting morning commutes for many, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a six-count indictment that included using a weapon of mass destruction.

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.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan asked Ullah how he wanted to plead to the six-count indictment.

Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, was the most severely injured person from the attack in the bombing of a heavily-trafficked underground walkway connecting the Port Authority bus terminal with the subway.

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

Akayed immigrated to the USA on a family visa in 2011.

When asked by a judge if he had a plea, he responded saying not guilty. He and three others were injured in the attack.

Prosecutors said that Ullah, who has lived in the United States since 2011, began his self-radicalisation in 2014 when he started viewing pro-Islamic State materials online.

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. Authorities say the pipe bomb was assembled in the suspect's apartment, officials said, in an attack he is believed to have been planning for a year. He has not yet set a trial date.

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

Before the blast, Ullah posted messages to his Facebook page referring to ISIS and taunting President Donald Trump.