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New York Port Authority attack: Bomber found guilty

Akayed Ullah, convicted on terrorism charges on 6 November 2018 after letting off a bomb in New York City in December 2017 Image copyright AFP/NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
Image caption Ullah arrived in the US in 2011

A Bangladeshi immigrant who let off a makeshift pipe bomb close to a busy bus terminal in New York City has been convicted of terrorism charges.

Akayed Ullah, 28, set off the bomb during morning rush hour last December, causing himself serious burns but only lightly injuring five others.

Prosecutors said he told investigators he had done it on behalf of the militant Islamic State group (IS).

It was described in court as a "lone wolf" terrorist attack.

Ullah targeted an underground passageway near the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan - the busiest in the world - on 11 December 2017.

His defence team argued that he had only wanted to kill himself in the attack. Ullah denied the charges in January.

"This case is not about a foreign terrorist organisation planting an operative in our midst," his lawyer, Julia Gatto told jurors.

Her client was "a deeply troubled, isolated young man who wanted to take his own life".

Prosecutors rejected that claim, reminding the court that he had strapped a bomb to his body designed to harm others and citing propaganda found on his computer showing he was a follower of IS.

Assistant US Attorney Rebekah Donaleski said Ullah constructed the device from pipe taken from a construction site where he worked.

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Five people sustained minor injuries but Ullah, from Brooklyn, was treated for serious burns.

A photo circulating on social media at the time showed him lying on the ground with his clothes ripped and lacerations on his upper body.

A permanent US resident, Akayed Ullah entered the country on an immigrant visa in 2011.

He was charged with six criminal counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction and providing material support to IS.

Who is the attacker?

The Manhattan federal court has yet to pass sentence.