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Suspect in New York Subway Bombing Is Charged With Terrorism

Posted December 12, 2017 10:29 a.m. EST

NEW YORK — Authorities have filed criminal charges accusing a would-be suicide bomber with detonating a pipe bomb affixed to his torso inside a Manhattan subway corridor as an act of terrorism.

The charges accuse the bombing suspect, Akayed Ullah, 27, an immigrant from Bangladesh who had lived for several years in Brooklyn, with supporting an act of terrorism, making terrorist threats and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Investigators are continuing to delve into the past of Ullah, who is believed to have acted alone and chosen the spot in a narrow hallway connecting subway stations beneath Times Square for its Christmas-themed posters. He told investigators that he set off his crude explosive device, fashioned from a length of pipe, in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and elsewhere.

His device however failed to fully detonate, police said, and Ullah himself was the only one seriously injured in a blast that sent smoke billowing through the underground passageways of Midtown and snarled a Monday morning commute.

“It didn’t function with the force and power that the recipe intended to,” John J. Miller, the New York Police Department’s commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said in an interview Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”

For that reason, Miller said, the events could have “been far, far worse.”

The charges against Ullah were announced Tuesday by the New York Police Department.

Ullah was expected to be charged later Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan with terrorism crimes, several law enforcement officials said Tuesday morning. Federal and state authorities were expected to announce the charges, contained in a criminal complaint, at a news conference later Tuesday, officials said.