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Accused NYC bomber to formally face terrorism charges Wednesday

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in one of New York City?s busiest commuter hubs is expected to be formally charged as early as Wednesday with supporting a foreign terrorist organization.


Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old supporter of the radical group Islamic State, will appear from Bellevue Hospital before a judge via video conference as soon as Wednesday, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney?s office. He is recovering from injuries he suffered when his homemade bomb ignited but failed to detonate.


Three people suffered minor injuries when Ullah attempted to detonate a pipe bomb secured to his midsection in a pedestrian tunnel under the sprawling Port Authority transportation complex, where many commuters from New York?s suburbs arrive on buses and transfer to local subways.


Officials have declined to describe Ullah?s condition.


?I did it for the Islamic State,? Ullah told police who interviewed him after the blast, according to papers filed by federal prosecutors on Tuesday.