Bangladeshi immigrant indicted in failed pipe bombing at Port Authority

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According to the report, Akayed spoke very little during his appearance in federal court.

Akayed Ullah, 27, faces charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organisation, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan.

"In selecting this time and place, Ullah's alleged objective in the Port Authority bombing was painfully clear: to inflict as much damage as possible, and to strike fear into the hearts of New Yorkers in the name of ISIS", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said when announcing the indictment.

The accused Port Authority bomber told a Manhattan federal judge Thursday that he was pleading not guilty in the case - at least for now.

Akayed Ullah was charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization and other counts in the Wednesday grand jury document. He answered, "Yes." When asked for his plea, Ullah responded, "At this moment, not guilty".

Akayed Ullah had no visible injuries in Thursday's hearing after the flubbed attack in the corridor linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Times Square subway station on December 11.

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She said Ullah recently had some stitches removed but had others that were still causing him a "great deal of discomfort". Ullah "is a lawful permanent resident" who entered the country in 2011 using a "passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa", Houlton said in a statement.

"In selecting this time and place, Ullah's alleged objective in the Port Authority bombing was painfully clear: to inflict as much damage as possible, and to strike fear into the hearts of New Yorkers in the name of ISIS".

The judge said he may set a trial date at the next hearing, which was set for April 13.

Akayed posted a warning to US President Donald Trump just before the attack. The president later demanded tightened immigration rules.

Ullah had a pipe bomb strapped to his body with Velcro when it went off inside the station. The government said he later described himself as an adherent of the Islamic State group, and was angry about USA policies in the Mideast.

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