Justice Department Announces Indictment, Terrorism Charges Against NYC Subway Bomber

    Akayed Ullah
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    Akayed Ullah

    On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced terror-related charges against 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, who injured himself in a failed attempt to detonate a bomb in a New York City subway station in December.

    The indictment brought multiple charges, including providing material support to ISIS and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. According to U.S. attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, Ullah could get life in prison.

    “In selecting this time and place,“ Berman said, ”Ullah’s alleged purpose 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."

    Surveillance footage showed the moment Ullah attempted to explode a pipe bomb inside a subway terminal at New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal. The attack on Dec. 11 injured three others besides himself.

    After the attack, authorities transported him to Bellevue Hospital, where he admitted to supporting ISIS and placing metal screws in the pipe bomb in order to cause maximum damage.

    Ullah said he was angry about the United States's policies in the Middle East. The attack came amid intense backlash against President Donald Trump's decision to, less than a week prior to the attack, declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    On the day of the attack, Ullah posted a message to Trump on Facebook. “Trump, you failed to protect your nation," he said. Ullah viewed pro-ISIS materials and saw a video that told viewers to attack their homelands if they couldn't travel overseas to join ISIS.

    In December, federal officials also charged a man who allegedly planned to support ISIS with a Christmas Day bombing on a pier in San Francisco.

    As Independent Journal Review previously reported, ISIS propaganda warned multiple cities of Christmas Day attacks. One, in particular, showed Santa Claus overlooking Times Square, standing next to a box of explosives.