Subway pipe bomb suspect faces judge

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Subway pipe bomb suspect faces judge

A Bangladeshi immigrant has been indicted in the failed pipe bombing attempt in a tunnel near Port Authority.

The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub in the name of Islamic State in December was indicted on USA terrorism charges by a grand jury on Wednesday.

Akayed Ullah, 27, botched the attempt, injuring himself during the holiday season attack in a passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan.

- In handcuffs, terror suspect Akayed Ullah walked into federal court in Manhattan Thursday.

Federal public defender Amy Gallicchio, Ullah's attorney, spoke to reporters outside the courthouse.

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.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan asked Ullah how he wanted to plead to the six-count indictment.

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. He and three others were injured in the attack.

FILE - In this December 12, 2017, file photo, a Bangladeshi man reads a national newspaper whose front pages shows the news of 27-year-old Bangladeshi man Akayed Ullah, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. And she said he needed some of the dressing on his wounds changed. Ullah reportedly said, "At this moment, not guilty", when asked to enter his plea.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George Turner said evidence Ullah will face at a trial likely to last only a week or two includes surveillance video of him detonating the bomb, along with photographs of bomb components on him and elsewhere. President Donald Trump and GOP leadership have publicly opposed this policy and have said the practice should be halted as part of any comprehensive immigration reform.

They also said in court papers that he admitted he wanted to cause carnage to avenge US aggression toward the Islamic State group. One component connected to the wires was a Christmas light bulb, something authorities say is often featured in instructions online for making a pipe bomb.

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