Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, has been indicted on federal terrorism charges for a bombing in a New York City subway station last December.
He would face life in prison if convicted of the holiday season attack, reports the NBC News.
The 27-year-old detonated a homemade bomb strapped to his body at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017. He and three others were injured in the attack.
During the hearing, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said the selection of time and place has made it clear that Akayed’s intention was to inflict as much damage as possible, and to strike fear into the hearts of New Yorkers in the name of Islamic State.
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Akayed posted a warning to US President Donald Trump just before the attack.
“Trump you failed to protect your nation,” the Facebook post read.
The indictment charges Akayed with material support of a terrorist organization, use of a weapon of mass destruction and four other related counts.
After the blast, Akayed told police interviewers that “I did it for the Islamic State,” according to court papers filed by federal prosecutors.
According to the documents, he also told investigators that he had been motivated by American air strikes on Islamic State targets.
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The complaint stated that Akayed had used materials that included Christmas lights to make the device and it was affixed to his body with Velcro straps.
Akayed immigrated to the US on a family visa in 2011. However, his wife did not join him in the US.
Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque said Akayed had no criminal record in Bangladesh and had last visited the country on September 8, 2017.
Trump has taken the attack to drum support for his immigration ban, which, the White House said, would have prevented the attacker from entering the US.