US slaps terror charges on NYC bomber

United States Explosion reported near Times Square in Manhattan one man in custody

Ullah also told authorities he detonated the bomb "in part because of the United States government's policies in, among other places, 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.

The charges were announced by Joon H. Kim, the acting US attorney for the Southern District of NY.

"They were married in 2015", Sazzad Hossain Mukul, a friend of Ullah's mother, said. "That justice will be tough, it will be fair, and it will be swift".

U.S. prosecutors file federal charges against Akayed Ullah, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison after being accused of using a weapon of mass destruction in Monday's bombing of a Manhattan commuter hub. The blast left Ullah with burns to his body and hands. Twenty-seven-year-old Akayed Ullah detonated a homemade device at the Port Authority bus terminal, injuring four people including himself.

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. Port Authority police officers arrested him, finding a nine-volt battery in his trousers pocket with wires connected to it that ran underneath his jacket, plastic zip ties, fragments of metal pipe, remnants of Christmas tree lights attached to wires, and metal screws, the complaint says.

Ullah told investigators that he built the bomb at his Brooklyn home one week before the attack, filling the pipe with metal screws to maximize damage.

"His intention was to cause mass destruction, and to do so in a vicious manner", said Benjamin Tucker, NYPD first deputy commissioner, at Tuesday's press conference.

According to prosecutors, he began dabbling in ISIS propaganda online about three years ago and became radicalized.

Ullah became radicalised after he began watching pro-Isil material online in 2014 and carried out his attack because he was angry over U.S. policies in the Middle East, prosecutors said.

The man arrested in the bombing, Akayed Ullah - who told investigators he wanted to retaliate for American action against Islamic State extremists - came to the USA from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa available to certain relatives of U.S. citizens.

On Monday morning, as he headed to the Port Authority station with the device strapped to his body, Ullah posted on his Facebook page, "Trump, you failed to protect your nation". Relatives and police said Ullah last visited Bangladesh in September to see his wife and newborn son before leaving them behind to return the United States.

Bangladesh police are investigating whether Ullah was radicalised in his homeland, where foreigners have been among those targeted in deadly assaults claimed by Daesh and Al Qaeda.

Law enforcement officials said Ullah had been in the U.S. for seven years and lived in Brooklyn with his mother, sister and two brothers. "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. A teenage relative was pulled out of class and questioned in school without a parent, guardian or lawyer, the statement said.

The would-be suicide bomber - identified by police as 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant and Brooklyn resident Akayed Ullah - suffered the most severe injuries.

"It's very difficult, and it's getting harder", Miller said. "This is shocking", said the neighbor, Arlene Jograj, a teacher who had greeted Ullah in passing. "We were supposed to take a bus out at the time (when the accident happened), so I'm glad we waited", said Monica Gannon, who planned to take the bus back to New Jersey when the explosion happened. He was ordered held until his next court date January 13 Separately, MTA chief Joe Lhota confirmed today Ullah's movements through the subway Monday morning were captured on security cameras.

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