Accused Bangladeshi bomber Akayed Ullah has pleaded not guilty to the charges of detonating a homemade explosive device at a busy transit hub in New York City last month.
Ullah, 27, faces a litany of charges in the December 11 bombing in an underground walkway connecting two subway lines beneath the Port Authority Bus terminal.
When Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Sullivan asked Ullah his plea, he replied, “At this moment, not guilty.” This was his first appearance before a New York court.
Days after his arrest he had appeared through video conference. Ullah faces life in prison if convicted of the attack that injured five persons.
He was also injured in the explosion, and has been in federal custody since his arrest.
On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted Ullah with one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and one count of using and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
He has also been charged with one count each of bombing and attempting to bomb a place of public use and a public transportation system; destruction and attempted destruction of property by means of fire or explosives; conducting and attempting to conduct a terrorist attack against a mass transportation system.