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.
Akayed Ullah faces numerous charges including providing material support to a terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use and a public transportation system.
The 27-year-old Bangladeshi migrant made his first physical appearance in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, reports the NBC News.
"Ullah's alleged plot failed, and he is now charged with federal terrorism offenses and facing life behind bars".
Reportedly inspired by ISIS, Ullah allegedly set off the "effectively low-tech device", but the blast wasn't powerful enough to turn the pipe into deadly shrapnel, law enforcement said in December. Ullah responded: "At this moment, not guilty".
She said Ullah recently had some stitches removed but had others that were still causing him a "great deal of discomfort".
The indictment was announced by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY. 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.
"We have an indictment containing charges like this, I think that it's easy to lose sight of the very important and invaluable rights that every person is afforded in our system of justice, including Mr. Ullah", Gallicchio said. "Ullah's alleged plot failed", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman of the Southern District of NY said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or Daesh.
Kim said Ullah picked his target and timed his attack in order to "maximize human casualties."The bomb, however, did not fully explode". Ullah posted on Facebook earlier in the day of the attack, "Trump you failed to protect your nation", according to a criminal complaint.