Wednesday, a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment against New York City subway bomber Akayed Ullah.
Ullah, 27, attempted to detonate a bomb in a subway station near the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City on Dec. 11, 2017. Three people were injured as a result of his act of terrorism.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, “The Indictment charges Ullah with one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization; one count of using and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction; one count of bombing and attempting to bomb a place of public use and a public transportation system; one count of destruction and attempted destruction of property by means of fire or explosives; one count of conducting and attempting to conduct a terrorist attack against a mass transportation system; and one count of using a destructive device during and in furtherance of a crime of violence.”
“As alleged in the indictment, Akayed Ullah constructed a pipe bomb and detonated it in a mass transit hub in the heart of New York City to terrorize as many people as possible and to bring ISIS-inspired violence to American soil,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the law enforcement community, the defendant was safely apprehended at the scene of the attack that injured three people, and will now be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The National Security Division remains steadfast in its mission to pursue justice against those who seek to harm our country and our citizens in the name of terrorism.”
Ullah was initially arrested on Dec. 13 and has been in federal custody ever since. According to the DOJ, surveillance footage captured Ullah walking through the Subway Terminal immediately prior to the explosion, and then falling to the ground after the explosion.
Ullah was subsequently arrested, and law enforcement officers located on his person and in the surrounding area what appeared to be the components of an exploded pipe bomb, the remnants of which appeared to be a Christmas tree lightbulb attached to wires.
After Ullah was taken into custody, he was transferred to Bellevue Hospital, where he made the following admissions to investigators:
- Ullah constructed the Pipe Bomb and carried out the December 11 Attack. Ullah was inspired by ISIS to carry out the December 11 Attack, and stated, among other things, “I did it for the Islamic State.”
- Ullah constructed the Pipe Bomb at his residence in Brooklyn.
- The Pipe Bomb was composed of a metal pipe, which Ullah filled with explosive material that he created. Ullah used Christmas tree lights, wires, and a nine-volt battery as a trigger to detonate the Pipe Bomb. Ullah filled the Pipe Bomb with metal screws, which he believed would cause maximum damage. Ullah used zip ties to secure the Pipe Bomb to his body.
- Ullah carried out the December 11 Attack in part because of the United States Government’s policies in, among other places, the Middle East. One of his goals in carrying out the December 11 Attack was to terrorize as many people as possible. He chose to carry out the attack on a work day because he believed that there would be more people.