NEW YORK – A defense lawyer told a jury at a New York City terrorism trial that a Bangladeshi immigrant was only trying to kill himself when he set off a pipe bomb in the subway.
Attorney Amy Gallicchio said Monday Akayed Ullah opposed American policies regarding Muslims in the Middle East when he strapped a bomb to his chest and went to a Times Square-area station last Dec. 11.
But she says he only intended to kill himself when he set off the bomb in a pathway linking the subway to the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan.
The bomb fizzled. Prosecutors say he wanted to maim or kill commuters. Gallicchio says it was not a terror attack.
If convicted, he could face life in prison.