The authorities Announce Federal Terrorism Against NYC Bombing Suspect
The immigrants from Bangladesh brought out in a recent failed suicide bombing in New York City was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to face the charges in connection with the attack.
Akayed Ullah, 27, was arrested shortly after the bomb attached to his body exploded Monday morning in an underground passage near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.
Ullah, who lived in Brooklyn, was charged with providing material support to a terrorist group, the use of a weapon of mass destruction, and three other bomb-related counts. He is facing life in prison, if convicted.
With a pipe bomb strapped to his body and ready to maximize casualities, Ullah reportedly focused on a morning rush hour crowd in an attempt to punish the United States for the attacks of the Islamic State of the group, acting Prosecutor of the V. S. Joon, Kim said.
He had apparently “hoped to die in his own misplaced anger, where as many innocent people as he could with him, but by incredible luck, his bomb does not seriously injure someone else than themselves,” Kim said.
A study found that Ullah had been researching how to build a bomb for more than a year ago and had planned his attack for several weeks, Kim said.
Ullah came to the U.S. in 2011 on a “chain migration” visas and lived in a Bangladeshi community in Brooklyn with his parents and brother.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.