Dec 13, 2017, 4:17 PM ET

NYC bombing suspect makes 1st court appearance from hospital bed

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The man accused of detonating an explosive in a New York City subway passageway, only causing serious injury to himself, made his initial appearance before a federal judge today via video from his hospital bed.

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Akayed Ullah, 27, an immigrant from Bangladesh, is accused of setting off a homemade bomb in an underground passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday morning, forcing commuters to evacuate the major transit hub just blocks from Times Square. Five victims suffered minor injuries, officials said. Ullah suffered burns to his torso and arms.

PHOTO: Police respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York City. Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images
Police respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York City.

At his afternoon court appearance, Ullah, who had a bedsheet up to his neck, peered straight into the camera with no discernible emotion.

He spoke softly when he affirmed he could see the judge and responded, "Yes I have" when asked whether he had seen the complaint that charges him with five federal counts, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use.

PHOTO: Akayed Ullah, the man accused of detonating an explosive in a New York City subway passageway, made his initial appearance before a federal judge via video from his hospital bed, Dec. 13, 2017.Jane Rosenberg
Akayed Ullah, the man accused of detonating an explosive in a New York City subway passageway, made his initial appearance before a federal judge via video from his hospital bed, Dec. 13, 2017.

PHOTO: Akayed Ullah, the man accused of detonating an explosive in a New York City subway passageway, made his initial appearance before a federal judge via video from his hospital bed, Dec. 13, 2017.Jane Rosenberg
Akayed Ullah, the man accused of detonating an explosive in a New York City subway passageway, made his initial appearance before a federal judge via video from his hospital bed, Dec. 13, 2017.

Ullah could face life in prison. The death penalty is not a possibility in this case because there were no deaths resulting from his alleged crimes.

Ullah was ordered held until his next court date on Jan. 13

PHOTO: Akayed Ullah is pictured in an undated photo released by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. TLC
Akayed Ullah is pictured in an undated photo released by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Ullah allegedly aimed to "murder as many innocent human beings as he could and to blow himself up in the process -- all in support of a vicious terrorist cause," Joon Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a news conference Tuesday

He wrote on Facebook the morning of his alleged attack, “Trump you failed to protect your nation," according to the federal complaint against him.

Ullah made statements to police indicating he “was inspired by ISIS to carry out” the attack and said, “I did it for the Islamic State,” according to the charging document.

Ullah's radicalization began in at least 2014 when he began viewing pro-ISIS material online, the document stated. Some of the material he viewed included instructions to attack in homelands if unable to travel overseas to join ISIS on the battlefield, the document alleged.

PHOTO: Police activity outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal following reports of a confirmed explosion inside an underground tunnel in the building in New York City, Dec. 11, 2017. Jason Szenes/EPA
Police activity outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal following reports of a confirmed explosion inside an underground tunnel in the building in New York City, Dec. 11, 2017.

Ullah began researching how to build improvised explosive devices a year ago, the charging document said.

Ullah built the bomb in his Brooklyn home a week before his alleged attack, according to the complaint.

Ullah’s wife, Jannatul Ferdous, told ABC News that the two spoke on the morning of the alleged attack. She said there were no signs of anything wrong on Monday morning and she said her husband -- whom she married in 2016 -- had never said anything negative about the United States.

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  • Twohawk ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ 24/7/365

    Really wifey? He acted no different on the phone? Did not say - raise my children to love allah? "I won't be visiting you anymore because I have 72 virgins waiting"? I don't believe her.

  • just saying

    SuperMax solitary confinement .

  • BushwackJack

    He looks like a circus carney.

  • Nathan Broussard

    he's no terrorist, just a misunderstood tourist trying to take the correct subway

  • Indy

    Don't put the lowlife on suicide watch, if he really wants to die for his deluded beliefs, please let him if it harms no one else, save the decent hardworking American tax payers a little money. Thanks.

  • Prophet With Honor

    Strip him down, tattoo "I am a terror bomber" on his chest and back, and turn him loose in a subway station in a tough neighborhood.

  • PeterFromDuluth

    He is a good role model for future terrorist hopefuls. In this technology age, even terrorists need to study harder.