More details are emerging on Akayed Ullah, the 27-year-old Bangladesh immigrant who attempted a suicide bombing Monday, during morning rush hour at New York City’s Port Authority subway passage near Times Square.
New York Police Department officials announced Tuesday morning that they have filed terror charges against Ullah, which was followed by federal authorities filing terror charges against him, as well. (See full federal complaint against Ullah below.)
Charges include providing material support to a terror group, using a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destruction of property by means of fire or explosive and use of a destructive device during a crime of violence.
Ullah is scheduled to appear before a judge, likely via video from his hospital bed, either late Tuesday or on Wednesday.
At a press conference Tuesday, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said Ullah had written “chilling notes” in his passport, including one that said, “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE.”
Ullah had also written on Facebook the morning of the attack: “Trump you failed to protect your nation.”
According to the federal charges, Ullah has been planning this attack for a long time. He came to the United States with his parents and siblings on an F43 family visa in Feb. 2011, and began his online radicalization in 2014.
About a year ago, Ullah started researching how to build bombs. A few weeks ago, he started plotting to attack New York City and reportedly built his bomb about a week ago. The makeshift bomb was built with explosive material, metal screws, Christmas lights and a battery.
Ullah intentionally planned to detonate the bomb on a workday, because “he believed there would be more people.”
Kim said at the press conference: “His admissions included a statement that he did this in support of ISIS, that he had been radicalized in view of propaganda from ISIS, … He also made statements … about issues he had with America’s Middle East policies.”
“Ullah had hoped to die in his own misguided rage, taking as many innocent people as he could with him. But through incredibly good fortune his bomb did not seriously injure anyone other than himself,” Kim said.
According to the federal complaint, Ullah plainly admitted he was inspired by ISIS, and said, “I did it for the Islamic State.” He reportedly viewed pro-ISIS materials online, including a video that instructed that if ISIS supporters were unable to travel overseas to join ISIS, they should carry out attacks in their homelands.
Below is the full federal complaint filed against Ullah on Tuesday.
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