Akayed Ullah could be seen in footage in an underground walkway of a tunnel detonating a bomb on his person during the morning rush hour on December 11, 2017. Six people were injured in the blast. Ullah injured his hands and stomach.
The tunnel connects two subway lines under the Port Authority bus terminal, a major Manhattan transit hub that handles 220,000 passengers per day.
The 31-year-old Bangladeshi man was found guilty on six counts after a week-long trial in the Southern District of New York in 2018. Two of the counts, including the use of a destructive weapon massive, are punishable by a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. .
On the morning of the Lone Wolf bombing, shortly before detonating his bomb, Ullah posted a statement on Facebook referring to then-President Donald Trump.
“Trump, you failed to protect your nation,” the post said.
Ullah also released an ISIS slogan so that ISIS would know that it carried out the attack on behalf of the terrorist group, according to the criminal complaint.
Authorities said the bomb consisted of a battery, wires, metal screws and a Christmas tree bulb.
“Ullah’s motive was clear and unambiguous: a deeply ingrained ideological hatred for America,” US Manhattan lawyer Audrey Strauss said in a statement Thursday. Ironically, Ullah’s actions have only resulted in reaffirming America’s greatness by displaying the fairness and impartiality that our justice system stands for. Ullah has benefited from a prompt and fair public trial and was convicted by a jury of his peers.Akayed Ullah’s message: Hatred has clearly turned against him; his just sentence to life in prison only illustrates that cowardly acts of terrorism will meet with unwavering determination law enforcement agencies to protect our fundamental values of freedom and democracy.