"More come: The NYC metro bomber was convicted of terrorist charges


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The recently released security video of a failed 2017 suicide bomber on the New York Metro system gives a fuller picture of the police response. (November 6th)
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A migrant from Bangladesh was convicted of terrorist attacks on Tuesday after a tube bomb was launched at one of New York's busiest New York Metro stations last December.

Akayed Ullah, 28, who lived in New York City since 2011, tried to launch the bomb that had stuck in his chest on the Metro Pass under the Port Bus Terminal in Manhattan, but the device did not completely erupt. He was treated for burns and cuts and three others were treated for life-threatening injuries.

Ullah has been convicted of six federal charges, including the bombardment of a public space, the use of a weapon of mass destruction, the provision of support for a foreign terrorist organization, the destruction of property by fire or explosives, the terrorist attack on mass transit systems and the use of a destructive device to promote a crime of violence.

He faces life in jail on conviction on April 5th.

Both prosecutors and lawyers agreed during the one-week trial that Ulla fired the bomb but differed from trying to hurt others. At the end of her statement on Monday, Ullah's adviser Amy Galliccio argued that Ullah was "upset" but wanted only to kill himself to send a message about the American treatment of Muslims worldwide, the Associated Press reported.

"He wanted to die, he wanted to take his own life and only his life," said Gallicchio, "it's not a suicide bomber, it's not a terrorist attack."

The defense added that Ullah would have put the bomb away on a crowded car instead of a "secluded" part of the station if it wanted to hurt others.

Ullah reiterated that he only wanted to express anger with President Donald Trump and that he was not a representative of the Islamic State as he left the courtroom on Tuesday.

US Assistant Prosecutor George Turner said that Ulaah wanted "to cause the maximum damage, to terrorize the Americans." He cited Ullah's statement to a researcher after the partial bomb explosion, during which he said he had committed the attack on the Islamic state.

The authorities have said that Ulaah started seeing ISIS online in 2014. Ullah warned a law enforcement officer on one point while holding that "more are coming," the Associated Press reported.

Criminal prosecution also showed videos throughout the trial that followed Ullah from his apartment in Brooklyn until he started the bomb on the subway.

In the opening statement, the prosecution presented the bomb itself as evidence that Ullah intended to harm others because it contained screws and stairs. They said Ullah would not have used such a bomb if she just wanted to hurt herself and reported a Facebook post on the morning of the attack that said: "Trump has failed to protect your nation."

Ullah has been detained since he was blamed.

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New York authorities have announced federal charges against a man Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, who put a bomb on the New York subway on Monday. (December 12)
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