A NY man pleaded not guilty Thursday to trying to bomb a subway station, an attack that injured no one seriously but himself.
Akayed Ullah, 27, who also suffered injuries in the blast, is also charged with providing material support to the Islamic State, conducting a terrorist attack on a mass transit system, bombing a public place, destruction of property with fire or explosives and using an improvised explosive device in furtherance of a crime. Ullah is suspected of strapping a pipe bomb to his body and setting it off in a subway passageway.
The indictment was announced by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.
Akayed immigrated to the USA on a family visa in 2011.
Police stand guard inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal near the scene of an explosion December 11, 2017.
His court-appointed attorney, Amy Gallicchio, did not elaborate on the plea outside court. He remains held without bail at a lockup next to the federal court complex in lower Manhattan. He and three others were injured in the attack. And she said he needed some of the dressing on his wounds changed.
The judge said she should make her requests first of prison authorities and return to the judge only if they don't respond.
Ullah was treated at Bellevue Hospital after the blast for burns and cuts to his hands and abdomen and is now in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
The judge said he may set a trial date at the next hearing, which was set for April 13.
Federal prosecutors say Ullah addressed a message to the President Trump alongside a note that pledged his allegiance to ISIS. "Ullah's alleged plot failed", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman of the Southern District of NY said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or Daesh.
Investigators said Ullah admitted he built the bomb at his apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn and was self-radicalized by ISIS videos he had watched online.