Port Authority bombing suspect pleads not guilty to terror charges

In this court room drawing U.S. Marshals escort defendant Akayed Ullah center into court for his arraignment on charges that include providing material support to a terrorist organization and using a weapon of mass destruction Thursday Jan. 11 2018

The Brooklyn man accused of setting off an explosive device near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Manhattan's West Side on December 11, causing minor injuries to three bystanders and disrupting morning commutes for many, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a six-count indictment that included using a weapon of mass destruction.

A grand jury indicted Akayed Ullah, who was accused of trying to blow up a suicide bomb in New York City in December, on terrorism charges, Wednesday.

Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, was the most severely injured person from the attack in the bombing of a heavily-trafficked underground walkway connecting the Port Authority bus terminal with the subway.

- In handcuffs, terror suspect Akayed Ullah walked into federal court in Manhattan Thursday.

Ullah was scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Manhattan federal court.

Gallicchio did not respond to questions about Ullah's odd plea, which seemed to leave the door open for a plea agreement at a later date. Ullah was injured, and three others were slightly hurt.

He said he had been inspired by ISIS attacks on Christmas markets in Europe, and was looking to retaliate for USA airstrikes in Syria, according to The New York Times.

Akayed immigrated to the United States on a family visa in 2011. He seemed to walk gingerly to his seat before the hearing began.

Akayed Ullah allegedly detonated a pipe bomb underneath New York City's Port Authority.

Prosecutors at the hearing said they had hundreds of pages of materials - including emails and social media messages, post-arrest statements, bomb parts and surveillance video showing the blast - to turn over to the defense, and estimated Ullah's trial would last one to two weeks.

"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".

They also said in court papers that he admitted he wanted to cause carnage to avenge USA aggression toward the Islamic State group.

Prosecutors say that Ullah used a pipe bomb filled with metal screws in the attack.

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