NYC Bombing Suspect Charged With Federal Terrorism Crimes

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U.S federal prosecutors announced five federal terrorism charges against Akayed Ullah on Tuesday, a day after the Bangladeshi immigrant reportedly set off a pipe bomb in the New York City subway system, injuring himself and three others.

The most serious charges brought against Ullah, 27, were material support for a designated terrorism organization and using weapons of mass destruction, charges that carry a maximum of 20 years to life in prison, respectively.

Ullah was also charged with bombing a place of pubic use, destruction of property by means of fire, and use of a destructive device in furtherance of violence, according to a criminal complaint disclosed Tuesday.

Joon Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the charges at a news conference in New York. The explosion happened about 7:20 a.m. Monday at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station.

Kim told reporters that Ullah "selected the location and timing to maximize human casualties." Ullah was injured during the blast and taken to a hospital in serious condition with burns on his hands and torso. He remains hospitalized, and Kim said the charges would be formally presented to Ullah at his hospital bedside.

According to the criminal complaint, Ullah admitted to investigators to carrying out the attack in the name of the Islamic State terrorist organization and recounted the process of becoming radicalized and plotting the attack.

"I did it for the Islamic State," Ullah told interrogators, the complaint alleges. Ullah, who immigrated to the United States in 2011, also told authorities that he carried out the attack "in part because of the United States government's policies in, among other places, the Middle East," according to the criminal complaint.
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