by International Desk;
A Bangladeshi-origin man was sentenced to life in prison for setting off a pipe bomb in a New York subway more than three years ago, media reports said on Thursday.
The 31-year old Akayed Ullah, whom the US investigators blamed as a ISIS (Islamic State) agent, was handed down with the punishment for detonating the bomb at the busiest Time Square station during the rush hours of December 11, 2017.
US Circuit Judge Richard Sullivan described the attack as a “truly barbaric and heinous crime” as he pronounced the verdict on Thursday.
But, during the trial Ullah claimed that he was neither an ISIS agent nor wanted to harm the others. He said he wanted to kill himself.
The pipe-bomb attack left four people wounded, and forced the authorities to shut the station.
“They were just people on the way to work or school, to you, these people were expendable,” the Judge said prior to his sentence for life plus 30 years in jail for the offence he had committed, according to BBC.
Ullah, who worked as an electrician at a construction site in New York after he moved to US from Bangladesh in 2011, was convicted in November 2018.
He was living in Brooklyn with his mother, sister and two brothers. His wife and young son lived in Bangladesh, according to the report.