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Bangladeshi immigrant indicted for New York subway bomb attack

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

A Bangladeshi immigrant has been indicted on charges in the US for last month's botched bombing in a subway station.

Akayed Ullah, 27, would face life in prison if convicted of the attack in a passageway near the bus terminal on December 11 that left three persons injured.

Ullah, 27, who was also injured in the explosion, has been in federal custody since his arrest.

He will be arraigned before

The indicted Ullah yesterday with one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of and al-Sham (ISIS), 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

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: Thu, January 11 2018. 12:40 IST