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Bangladeshi bomber pleads not guilty in NYC subway bomb attack

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Accused Bangladeshi bomber Akayed has pleaded not guilty to the charges of detonating a at a busy transit hub in last month.

Ullah, 27, faces a litany of charges in the December 11 bombing in an underground walkway connecting two subway lines beneath the

When Federal Judge asked his plea, he replied, "At this moment, not guilty."

This was his first appearance before a New York Days after his arrest he had appeared through video conference. faces life in prison if convicted of the attack that injured five persons.

He was also injured in the explosion, and has been in federal custody since his arrest.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted Ullah with one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and one count of using and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

He has also been charged with one count each of bombing and attempting to bomb a place of public use and a public transportation system; destruction and attempted destruction of property by means of fire or explosives; conducting and attempting to conduct a terrorist attack against a mass transportation system.

"As alleged in the indictment constructed a pipe bomb and detonated it in a mass transit hub in the heart of to terrorise as many people as possible and to bring ISIS-inspired violence to American soil," said Acting Assistant Attorney General

Authorities said the was an isolated attempted terrorist attack. Ullah posted on earlier in the day of the attack, "Trump you failed to protect your nation," according to a criminal complaint.

He is expected back in on April 13 for a status conference.

Ullah migrated from some six years ago on a family visa. He was sponsored by his uncle, who came to the US through diversity lottery visa.

Since then US has been pushing for end to chain migration and diversity lottery visa.

He began to self-radicalise three years ago, authorities said, but said he was not on their radar before the subway attack.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 10:50 IST