Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

NYC bombing suspect charged with state offenses, federal terrorism charges to come

NYC bombing suspect charged with state offenses, federal terrorism charges to come

There is unconfirmed speculation that the man was inspired by the Islamic State. Ullah told authorities he carried out the attack in part because of the US government's policies in the Middle East.

They also found his passport with multiple handwritten notes, including one with the message, "O America, die in your rage", according to the complaint. His first court appearance in the case could come as soon as Wednesday and may be conducted by video conference with a judge, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said.

He said Ullah entered the busy pedestrian tunnel with a "hateful heart and and evil objective", and he vowed that Ullah will face justice. "That justice will be tough, it will be fair, and it will be swift".

He was charged with providing material support to a terrorist group, use of a weapon of mass destruction and three bomb-related offenses. The blast left Ullah with burns to his body and hands.

Two other people suffered minor injuries from the attack, according to police.

According to the New York Daily News, David Wall, 64, of Hewitt, was injured after a bomb strapped to a man exploded in a pedestrian passageway between the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations.

He faces a number of federal and state terrorism charges after authorities say he detonated a device made of a battery, wires, metal screws and a Christmas tree lightbulb during the busy morning commute on Monday.

John Miller, the police department's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism and intelligence, told reporters a pipe bomb was "affixed" to the suspect "with a combination of Velcro and zip ties". A federal law enforcement official told CBS News the device malfunctioned, and that "it did not fully detonate which possibly caused the injury".

The criminal complaint says Ullah told investigators "I did it for the Islamic State", while news stories cited law enforcement sources saying Ullah told them he had also read al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine and found the bomb-making instructions online. He chose a workday to target as many people as possible.

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In a scenario NY had dreaded for years, Akayed strapped on a crude pipe bomb with Velcro and plastic ties, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set off the device, authorities said. About a year ago, he began plotting a suicide attack to avenge USA policies in the Middle East, and three weeks ago he started gathering materials for the pipe bomb he built in his Brooklyn apartment and strapped to his body on Monday, according to the criminal complaint.

In reaction to the bombing, the Republican president demanded a tightening of immigration rules that allowed Ullah to enter the country in 2011 on a visa available to certain relatives of USA citizens. Authorities on Monday investigated two Brooklyn residences with connections to Ullah.

Ferdous added that she said Ullah's activities around his family were "very much normal". The Associated Press reported that the suspect lived with his father, mother and brother in a Brooklyn neighborhood with a large Bangladeshi community.

Investigators were searching his apartment, interviewing witnesses and relatives and looking for surveillance footage that may show his movements in the time leading up to the attack. "These are not the actions that we expect from our justice system", said the statement, issued through the NY chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

Counterterrorism officials questioned the wife and her parents before releasing her Tuesday night, Islam said, adding that investigators were now questioning his brother-in-law and also planned to question any known close associates.

Commuters exit a train as police officers stand in a closed-off underground walkway near the site of a pipe bomb explosion in the tunnel that connects the Times Square subway station to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, December 11, 2017 in New York City.

"It's very difficult, and it's getting harder", Miller said.

Such an incident "is a fact of life, whether you're in NY or London or Paris", Miller said during the briefing.

It was not immediately clear who would represent Ullah in court.

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