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Akayed Ullah. New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission Handout via REUTERS
- In handcuffs, terror suspect Akayed Ullah walked into federal court in Manhattan Thursday.
A Bangladeshi immigrant accused in the attempted suicide bombing in a New York City subway station last month was indicted Wednesday on federal terrorism charges.
In this court room drawing, U.S. Marshals escort defendant Akayed Ullah, center, into court for his arraignment on charges that include providing material support to a terrorist organization and using a weapon of mass destruction, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in NY.
Akayed Ullah was arrested after allegedly setting off a pipe bomb in a tunnel leading to Times Square on December 11, 2017.
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.
Gallicchio did not respond to questions about Ullah's odd plea, which seemed to leave the door open for a plea agreement at a later date.
Akayed immigrated to the U.S. on a family visa in 2011. He and three others were injured in the attack.
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 said the device was built at Ullah's Brooklyn home, and that he'd stored materials like metal screws for shrapnel.
The judge said he may set a trial date at the next hearing, which was set for April 13. The pipe bomb never fully exploded.
"Trump you failed to protect your nation", Akayed Ullah wrote on his social media site in the run-up to the attack. The Republican president later demanded tightened immigration rules. "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.
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