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Akayed Ullah charged with terrorism offences

  • Published at 08:52 PM December 12, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:40 PM December 12, 2017
Akayed Ullah charged with terrorism offences
Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man who attempted to detonate a homemade bomb strapped to his body at a New York commuter hub during morning rush hour is seen in this Twitter photo, most probably taken with a mobile phone while he was being whisked away to a New York hospital on December 11, 2017 Reuters

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism, and making a terroristic threat under New York state law.

US and New York State prosecutors on Tuesday brought separate charges against Manhattan bomber Akayed Ullah, accusing him of using a weapon of mass destruction in Monday’s bombing of a Manhattan commuter hub.

Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, bombing a public place, destruction of property by means of explosive and use of a destructive device.

Akayed told police interviewers after the blast that “I did it for the Islamic State,” according to court papers filed by federal prosecutors.

Ullah began the process of self-radicalization in 2014 when he began viewing pro-Islamic State materials online and carried out his attack because he was angry over US policies in the Middle East, prosecutors said.

New York officials on Tuesday said they also charged Akayed with terrorism offences.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism, and making a terroristic threat under New York state law, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said, adding US authorities may also bring federal charges.

New York police say Akayed Ullah set off a pipe bomb in an underground corridor of the subway system that connects Times Square to the Port Authority Bus Terminal at rush hour on Monday morning, injuring himself and three others.

Akayed Ullah survived with burns and lacerations and was taken to hospital in police custody. The three bystanders sustained minor injuries.

The NYPD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were conducting the investigation in conjunction with other agencies through the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and were asking the public for any information about the suspect.

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