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Manhattan Bomber Indicted on Terror Charges

A New York City Police Department officer stands watch at the entrance to the Times Square subway station during the evening rush hour.
A New York City Police Department officer stands watch at the entrance to the Times Square subway station during the evening rush hour. (Photo: Drew
Angerer / Getty Images)

Manhattan bomber Akayed Ullah, who attempted a suicide attack at the busiest Manhattan subway station,

Akayed Ullah

was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on terrorism charges.

Ullah, a 27-year-old citizen of Bangladesh living in New York, tried to detonate a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a tunnel between the Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

The station is the busiest station complex in the system, with 64,531,511 passengers passing through in 2016 alone.

The grand jury charged Ullah with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system. He was previously charged with a criminal complaint after his arrest.

That complaint stated that Ullah told police officers he “did it for the Islamic State.” At his home, investigators located his passport in which they found a handwritten note that read, “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE.”

Ullah moved to the U.S. in 2011. It is believed that he became radicalized in 2014, when he began to watch ISIS material online.

The bomb he was carrying detonated only partially, injuring four people as well as Ullah.

 

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