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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Why couldn't a student and driver escape a bus that erupted into flames Tuesday? Federal investigators are heading to Iowa to try to answer that very question.

The incident occurred Tuesday morning in the farm town of Oakland as the bus backed out of a driveway and landed in a ditch where it caught fire, Pottawattamie County officials said. Authorities identified the 74-year-old driver as Donald Hendricks and the student as Megan Klindt, 16. They failed to escape the vehicle and died inside, according to officials.

“[The bus] was backing out of the driveway, and ended up in the opposite side ditch and a fire ensued; and the driver and one student was unable to get off the bus,” Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rob Ambrose told reporters at the scene.

The crash occurred just outside Klindt's home after she had been picked up by the driver, Ambrose told ABC News. They were the only people on board.

"This is an absolute mystery," said Debbie Hersman, president and chief executive officer of the National Safety Council and former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. "School buses are designed with safety in mind and the fact that two adult people could not get off the bus in time to save their own lives is a big concern."

Official government statistics indicate 379 school bus fires occur on average each year, but deaths from the fires are rare, just about one per year.

The Riverside Community School District issued a statement, saying, "Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones."

It added, "School is in session and a crisis team from the Green Hills Area Education Agency along with area schools counselors and many community volunteers have been deployed to all our buildings to assist students and staff."

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  City officials in Charlottesville, Virginia are closing downtown streets Thursday in anticipation of scheduled court hearings for four people charged in relation to the violent "Unite the Right" rally that took place in August.

James Alex Fields Jr., the driver accused of barreling a car into a crowd protesting the white nationalist rally, killing a woman and injuring several others, is expected to appear for a preliminary hearing on charges relating to the rally, The Daily Progress, a local Charlottesville newspaper, reported.

City officials are closing streets near Court Square in downtown Charlottesville in anticipation of crowds of people looking to attend the hearings at the Charlottesville Circuit Courthouse, the city said in a press release. Attendees will be barred from bringing any bags, backpacks, purses, electronic devices, cell phones or anything other items deemed by Charlottesville deputies as disruptive or dangerous into the courthouse, officials said.

The other three men expected to appear in court Thursday are charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, malicious wounding and felony assault on the day of the rally, according to court records.

On Aug. 12, a group of white nationalists, which included neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members, descended onto Charlottesville for a rally spurred by the city's plans to remove a Confederate statue from a downtown park. Violence broke out as counter protesters clashed with white nationalists, prompting Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

Amid the chaos, Fields allegedly drove a silver Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter protesters and Charlottesville residents, tossing people into the air and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. He is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, two charges of felonious assault and failure to stop that led to death, court records show.

After the deadly crash, Derek Weimer, Fields' high school history teacher, told ABC Cincinnati affiliate WCPO-TV that his former student was "very infatuated with the Nazis" and Adolf Hitler.

Fields is currently being housed in a Virginia jail after he was denied bail in August. It is unclear if he entered a plea in the charges against him.

Fields' attorney, Denise Lunsford, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  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 Wednesday via video from his hospital bed.

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.

At his afternoon court appearance, Ullah, who had a bed sheet 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.

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.

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.

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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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A woman has been charged with murder after her husband's dismembered remains were found inside their Ohio home, six months after he disappeared.

Now one of the victim's sons is speaking out, telling ABC News his stepmother had told him his father left for Texas months ago.

"We all thought it was odd and strange that he would just up and leave, but it never crossed our mind that she would actually murder him," Jonathon Eubank, a son of Howard Eubank and a stepson of Marcia Eubank, told ABC News. He added that he's in "shock" over the grisly discovery.

The six-month saga came to an end on Saturday, when authorities in Summit County received a call of possible human remains. Responding deputies "found what appeared to be deteriorated remains" that were tentatively identified as 54-year-old Howard Eubank, Summit County Sheriff's Office said.

The victim was shot in the head, his body dismembered and placed in storage containers, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Howard Eubank's wife, Marcia Eubank, 49, was taken into custody Saturday and charged with one count of murder, the sheriff's office said.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Marcia Eubank was interviewed and "admitted to killing her husband in June 2017. Marcia Eubank admitted to shooting her husband in the head and dismembering his body."

Jonathon Eubank, a son of Howard Eubank and a stepson of Marcia Eubank, told ABC News Wednesday that for all these months he thought his dad had left home for Texas -- a story he said came from his stepmother.

He said he last heard his dad's voice on the phone in May.

"We were talking about him coming to my wedding and how excited he was to come and how proud of me he was," said Jonathon Eubank, 27. "And then in the middle of June, we get a message saying that he left my stepmom and went to Texas."

"My oldest brother got a text message from my dad off his phone saying he's in Texas and he's fine," he said.

"And then about a month or so later he posted something on Facebook, my dad did, saying he'll reach out to people when he's ready. ... Clearly, that wasn't him doing any of that stuff.

"... Periodically there would be posts on his Facebook -- one was to Marcia saying he had missed her," Jonathon Eubank said. "That was one of the last Facebook posts that we had seen from his account."

The months ticked by, and in August, Jonathon Eubank got married -- but the happy occasion left him feeling angry, upset and resentful toward his father, who didn't show up.

"I don't know how you can up and just leave your kids' lives and miss probably one of the most important days of my life," he said. "We all thought it was odd and strange that he would just up and leave ... but it never crossed our mind that she would actually murder him."

In October, Jonathon Eubank, who lives out of state, went to his stepmother's Ohio home. He said he and his wife both hugged his stepmother, who he said acted "normally."

"We had no idea that my dad was 20, 30 feet away from us," he said.

He said this Saturday he was coming out of church when one of his brothers told him that he found his father's remains at the home.

Now with his stepmother in custody, he said he feels "angry and numb -- still in shock."

He said his father and stepmother had been married for over 20 years.

"None of us know why," she allegedly killed her husband, he said. "None of us know why she chose to say he went to Texas.

"Playing this whole past six months through my head is just, it's difficult."

Marcia Eubank's attorney, Brian Pierce, told ABC News Wednesday morning that his client was expected to enter a plea of not guilty at her 1 p.m. court appearance on Wednesday. She is being held in the Summit County jail on a $1 million bond, Pierce said. He declined to comment further.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Police are investigating a deadly Kansas house fire as a possible homicide after finding three bodies inside, authorities said Tuesday.

Details surrounding the case are limited, but officials with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department said the fire could have been set to cover a murder scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler said on Twitter that it appeared to be a homicide.

The identities of the three victims have not yet been released, but one woman told reporters that she feared her sister could be one the victims.

Patricia Green told ABC affiliate KMBC-TV that her sister, Gwen, had lived at the single-family residence for the past several months.  “I hope for the best, that she’s somewhere at another location and she’ll see this broadcast and reach out to one of us and let us know that she’s OK,” Green said in an on-camera interview with KMBC.

She said she tried to call her sister multiple times, but “her phone is going straight to 'not accepting calls.'”

The fire was reported at around 3 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said, adding that "crews experienced heavy fire conditions upon arrival."

“Kansas City Kansas Fire Department units arrived on the scene to find a fully involved house fire. As a result of an initial search, two bodies were discovered in the residence,” the fire department said in a statement Tuesday.

“During the course of the fire investigation, a third body was discovered in the residence and the cause of death of the three victims is under investigation,” the statement added.

The fire department said it is conducting an "extensive fire investigation" and will release further details "at the appropriate time."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The wife of the alleged New York City subway bomber told ABC News that he "never ever" spoke negatively of the U.S. and that she saw "no signs" of his impending attack when she spoke to him by phone the morning he detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in an underground subway tunnel.

Akayed Ullah, 27, was hit with a litany of state and federal terrorism charges on Tuesday for the Monday-morning attack.

The bombing, during the height of the morning commute, resulted in just a few minor injuries in the crowded passageway under the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Ullah suffered burns to his abdomen and arm. He is currently recovering at Bellevue Hospital.

Jannatul Ferdous spoke to ABC News through a closed door from her home in Dhaka, Bangladesh, saying she talked to her husband on the morning of the attack and he did not allude to the attempted suicide bombing.

"I talked with him on the day of the incident at 5 a.m. U.S. time," Ferdous told ABC News in Bengali. "I mainly phoned to wake him up to go to work."

Ferdous said she routinely woke her husband up to go to work.

The couple married in 2016. They have an infant son.

She said he showed no signs of anger on Monday, saying, "There were no signs of that. He did not even call before leaving for work."

Ullah's mother-in-law, who also lives at the same home, spoke to ABC News as well, and said her son-in-law was in Dhaka in September and returned to New York on Oct. 22. Ullah lived in Brooklyn, where authorities believe he constructed the pipe bomb used in the alleged attack.

According to authorities, Ullah said he carried out the attack on behalf of ISIS. Investigators said he began showing signs of radicalization in 2014 when he began viewing pro-ISIS propaganda online.

Ullah is charged with five federal counts, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use. He could face life in prison.

When asked by ABC News whether she would fight for her husband in court, she said, "It's not my own decision right now. It does not matter whether I want it or not."

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- It's brutally cold outside Wednesday morning in the Northeast, with winds gusting close to 40 mph from Washington, D.C. to Boston, producing wind chills in the single digits and teens.

Even at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, wind chills should still be running from zero to 16 degrees from northern New York to North Carolina.

Behind this cold, a new dose of snow is forecast Wednesday into Thursday for the Great Lakes and the Northeast.

Because of the cold and snow, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued winter weather advisories, lake-effect snow warning, winter storm warnings and wind chill advisory for 14 states, from North Dakota to North Carolina.

A new clipper system is moving into the Great Lakes Wednesday morning and spreading snow from Duluth, Minnesota, to Green Bay, Wisconsin.

By Wednesday evening, heavy snow will be falling in Detroit and Cleveland. It will be falling from Pennsylvania to Long Island Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The total snow accumulations with this clipper system will be more than a half a foot of snow from northern Wisconsin through Michigan. For the Northeast, the heaviest snow will be in western Pennsylvania and New York where up to 10 inches of snow could fall.

For major cities such as New York, not a lot of snow is forecast, but a dusting to 1 inch is possible early Thursday morning.

Red-flag warnings have been extended and expanded in southern and into central California through Wednesday due to the forecast gusty winds and very dry conditions.

Unfortunately, even stronger winds are forecast Thursday and Friday for Southern California, prompting the NWS to issue fire weather watch from Los Angeles to San Diego counties.

The NWS is warning that winds could increase Thursday and Friday for Los Angeles and Ventura counties and all the way to San Diego County. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Some mountains could see even higher gusts.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The National Transportation Safety Board laid partial blame for the 2015 sinking of the El Faro on the ship’s captain, Michael Davidson, the investigative agency announced Tuesday.

All 33 crew members, including the captain, perished when the 790-foot cargo ship sunk near the path of Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015.

"The captain had multiple opportunities to reroute the vessel to avoid the hurricane," but despite repeated warnings from his second and third mates, he refused to substantially alter course, said NTSB investigator Carrie Bell. "The captain endangered El Faro and its crew."

Davidson, who repeatedly reminded the crew that he’d endured storms in Alaska, likely felt “overconfident” in his ability to withstand foul weather and may have worried that selecting a new route would cost him time and fuel, Bell said.

The junior officers -- who repeatedly expressed concern about the ship’s route -- treated Davidson in a “deferential” manner, and appeared “reluctant” to question his judgment, according to Bell.

"Had the deck officers more assertively stated their concerns ... the captain's situational awareness might have been improved," NTSB Chair Robert Sumwalt said. His suggestion riled some of the late crews' family members in the office.

"I took it as like, an attack against the officers, because, you know, they have to follow a chain of command," Claudia Shultz told ABC News through tears. Her husband, Steve, was chief mate. "My husband is not here to defend himself, and neither are the other officers."

And her feelings towards the late captain? "Poor choices were made," she said.

Based on audio captured from the ship’s voyage data recorder, Capt. Davidson seemed unaware that he was relying on weather data that was six hours old. (Though more current data was available onboard the ship, it was transmitted in a different format and required laborious manual charting, the NTSB found.)

Making matters worse, he also issued the command to abandon ship "too late" -- but even if the crew had been given more time to evacuate, the lifeboats likely wouldn't have provided adequate protection for crew, because they were "open," rather than enclosed, the NTSB said.

Though open lifeboats have been considered obsolete since the 1980s, almost half of the U.S. ocean-going fleet is still equipped with open lifeboats, the NTSB noted. Because it was built in the 1970s and its subsequent modifications hadn’t been classified as “major” conversions, Tote’s lifeboats hadn’t been updated.

Compounding the captain’s apparent mismanagement was the “weak safety culture” at El Faro’s owner Tote Maritime, which failed to monitor the ship’s position in relation to the hurricane or offer support as the storm barred down, Bell said. Tote also failed to provide adequate training and neglected to document its “dwindling confidence” in Davidson.

Tote spokesperson Darrell Wilson said in a statement to ABC News, "We as a company intend to learn everything possible from this accident and the resulting investigations to prevent anything similar from occurring in the future. Tote also remains focused, as we have from the start, on caring for the families of those we lost and working daily ashore and at sea to safeguard the lives of mariners."

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Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Skirball brush fire that caused residents of Los Angeles' affluent Bel-Air neighborhood to flee their multimillion-dollar mansions last week was sparked by an illegal cooking fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a press release Tuesday.

The fire broke out on Dec. 6 just before 5 a.m. at an encampment under Interstate 405 and Sepulveda Boulevard in Long Beach , the fire department said. The fire was then spread by arid landscapes and Santa Ana winds, which also fueled five other fires throughout the state last week.

No one was present when authorities arrived at the area of origin, and no arrests have been made in connection with the fire, officials said.

The Skirball fire burned more than 400 acres and destroyed six homes and damaged 12 others in Bel-Air, the fire department said. As of Tuesday, it was 85 percent contained, but dozens of firefighters continued to work to achieve 100 percent containment, according to fire officials.

Last week, the Skirball fire caused all Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and 17 schools on Los Angeles' Westside to shutter due to the poor air quality, officials said. All evacuations due to the Skirball fire have now been lifted.

About 90 percent of wildfires in the U.S. are human-caused, according to the National Park Service. The fires are often caused by campfires that are left unattended, the burning of debris, cigarettes that are discarded negligently, and intentional acts of arson, the National Park Service said. The remaining 10 percent of wildfires are caused by lightning or lava, according to the park service.

Five fires are still blazing through the Golden State.

The Thomas fire, threatening more than 18,000 structures in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, remains the main concern for firefighters at just 25 percent containment.

More than 6,000 fire personnel are still battling the Thomas fire, which has singed through more than 236,000 acres so far, growing by more than 50,000 acres on Sunday alone. The Thomas fire has destroyed nearly 800 structures and damaged at least 187, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Severe fire weather will continue to promote significant fire growth in Santa Barbara County, the Department of Fire said.

The remaining fires, the Lilac, Creek and Rye fires, were all at least 92 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

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ABCNews.com(SAN FRANCISCO) --  Authorities are investigating the death of a 23-year-old Google employee whose body was found in San Francisco Bay.

Last Thursday morning, a man riding his bicycle on the Bay Trail called 911 to report a naked body floating in the water of the bay, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said.

The body -- later identified as 23-year-old Chu Chu Ma -- was found by authorities, floating face down in a drainage canal along the Bay Trail, the department of public safety said.

Ma's boyfriend filed a missing persons report Thursday with the police in Mountain View, which is a few miles away from Sunnyvale, the Mountain View Police Department said.

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Captain Shawn Ahearn told ABC News that nothing has been ruled out in the investigation as police await the results of the autopsy report.

A Google spokesperson said that Ma "was an excellent software engineer in our developer product team."

"We are devastated to learn of her passing, and our deepest condolences are with her family and friends," the spokesperson said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  When officers made a routine probation visit to a Tennessee man, they found what they say were five pipe bombs and the materials to make more.

The probation officer and an accompanying Marion County Sheriff’s deputy paid Christopher Owens, who turned 32 that day, a visit at his Allen Lane home in Kimball at around 4:00 p.m. on Monday. When they searched his bedroom, they allegedly found the homemade bombs.

Owens, who was convicted of committing theft over $1,000, was home with his girlfriend and a child when the authorities performed the "home check," Kimball Police Chief Timothy Allison told ABC News.

The police chief said that the devices, which were filled with black powder, were not that potent.

“I don’t think they were powerful enough to hurt anyone else, but they were a danger to the people in that home,” he said.

Owens was charged with eight counts of reckless endangerment because there were eight people living in the home, Allison said.

In addition to reckless endangerment, Owens was charged with felony possession of a firearm, kidnapping, domestic assault, possession of explosive components and drug possession, according to Allison.

It was not immediately clear if Owens has retained a lawyer or if a court date had been set.

Owens has lived at the one-story ranch-style house where the nearest neighbor is around 100 yards away for two decades, Allison said.

When the devices and materials to manufacture more were discovered, he continued, police assembled the Chattanooga bomb squad and “the five pipe bombs were detonated right there.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) --  An Atlanta police officer shot and injured a man who appeared to be armed with a weapon and was attempting to access a middle and high school, officials said.

School officials contacted the Atlanta Public Schools Police Department when they saw the man enter school grounds and approach Forrest Hills Academy in Atlanta's Hammond Park neighborhood with the apparent weapon Tuesday morning, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer Nelly Miles said in a press conference Tuesday.

When officers arrived on campus, they observed the apparent weapon as the man was leaving the premises, and an officer fired one round at him, Miles said. It is unclear if the suspect pulled or pointed the apparent weapon at officers, but he did not fire it, she said.

Authorities later determined that the suspect was armed with a pellet gun, the GBI said in a press release.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was transported to Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated for his injuries, Miles said, adding that investigators were interviewing him at the hospital.

The Atlanta Public Schools Police Department has issued arrest warrants for the suspect for having a weapon on school property, Miles said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was contacted because the case involves an officer-involved shooting, Miles said.

Authorities do not yet know if the suspect knew anyone at the school, Miles said.

No staff or students were injured during the incident, and classes resumed soon after, Miles said.

Atlanta Public Schools did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  ’Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith will spend his first Christmas away from his 3-year-old daughter this year, but he was not forgotten from his family’s Christmas card.

Smith, a nearly 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was Photoshopped into a card with his wife, Andrea Smith, and their daughter, Charlotte.

The photo shows Andrew Smith in his military uniform stepping in to help as Charlotte stands atop toys in a Target grocery cart and Andrea Smith sits on the floor drinking a Starbucks.

"I know so many families are going through the same thing as us," Andrea Smith, 28, told ABC News. "If we can make awareness that families are still missing people serving away from home, it’s worth it."

Andrea Smith chose to take the photo at Target because it is Charlotte’s favorite store. Sitting on the floor drinking coffee was meant to be a fun way to show all Andrea Smith does as a single, stay-at-home mom while her husband serves the country.

"People think of the guys that are deployed but it’s hard on everybody," she said. "I truly just want everybody to know we’re thinking of other families."

Andrew Smith, 29, has been stationed with his family at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for the past three years. Andrea Smith was not able to disclose his length of deployment or location.

"His first reaction was, 'This is fantastic,'" Andrea Smith said of the first time her husband saw the Christmas card. “He was completely blown away."

Andrea Smith said the photo of her entire family together took her breath away.

"When I saw us all together, I thought, 'This is perfect,'" she said. "There was not another word for it."

"It took my breath away because we were all able to be in the same card even though we’re miles and miles away."

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(NEW YORK) --  The explosive device detonated in the New York City subway system Monday morning did not fully shatter but had the ability to impose more injuries, according to a law enforcement source.

Authorities called the homemade device -- allegedly made by 27-year-old Akayed Ullah -- an "improvised low-tech explosive."

Ullah "had strapped to his body an I.E.D., a pipe bomb that he had made using a metal pipe filled with ... screws held together under his jacket with wires and zip ties," Joon Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a news conference Tuesday.

The bomb was built from a 12-inch-long pipe, black powder and rigged with a 9-volt battery and a wire that came from a Christmas light, a law enforcement source told ABC News.

“He did follow some of the instructions that you can find readily online, unfortunately, to create such a device,” New York Police Department counterterrorism chief James Waters told ABC News. “A Christmas light bulb is one of those components.” 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," Kim said.

But the pipe failed to fully shatter and a 6-inch piece was discovered completely intact.

“This could have been worse,” the law enforcement source said.   Ullah is charged with five federal counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use.

The charging document said law enforcement personnel found a 9-volt battery inside Ullah’s pants pocket, wires connected to the battery running under his jacket and fragments of metal pipe. There was also a remnant of what appeared to be a Christmas tree light bulb attached to the wires.

Kim said a search Monday "of his apartment in Brooklyn revealed metal pipes, pieces of wires and metal screws, consistent with the bomb materials recovered at the scene."

The FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, and the NYPD bomb squad are analyzing components of the explosive.

The Monday morning explosion occurred in an underground passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal, sending commuters scrambling to evacuate a major transit hub just blocks from Times Square.

Despite the rush-hour crowds, officials said, only five people suffered minor injuries.

Ullah, originally from Bangladesh, 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.

Some of the material he viewed included instructions to attack at home if unable to travel overseas to join ISIS on the battlefield, the document alleges.

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(NEW YORK) --  The man accused of detonating an explosive in the New York City subway system wrote on Facebook the morning of his alleged attack, “Trump you failed to protect your nation," according to the federal complaint against him.

Akayed Ullah, 27, an immigrant from Bangladesh, is accused of setting off the homemade bomb in an underground passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday morning, sending commuters scrambling to evacuate the major transit hub just blocks from Times Square. He allegedly selected the location and time to maximize human casualties, according to officials.

Joon Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a news conference Tuesday that 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."

Despite the rush-hour crowds, however, only five people suffered minor injuries, officials said. Ullah was badly injured. 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.

Inside Ullah's passport was a handwritten notation: "O America die in your rage," the document said.

There is no evidence he received funding or specific direction from any overseas group, according to police sources.

Ullah is charged with five federal counts, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use. 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 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 and began compiling materials a few weeks earlier, according to the complaint.

"He had strapped to his body an IED [improvised explosive device], a pipe bomb that he had made using a metal pipe filled with … screws held together under his jacket with wires and zip ties," Kim said.

The charging document said law enforcement personnel found a 9-volt battery inside Ullah’s pants pocket, wires connected to the battery running under his jacket and fragments of metal pipe. There was also a remnant of what appeared to be a Christmas tree light bulb attached to the wires.

The FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, and the NYPD bomb squad are analyzing components of the explosive.  

Ullah’s family members in Bangladesh, including his wife and her parents, were taken in for questioning by counterterrorism police in Dhaka, the capital, according to Bangladeshi government officials.

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington said in a statement Monday, "Government of Bangladesh is committed to its declared policy of 'Zero Tolerance' against terrorism, and condemns terrorism and violent extremism in all forms or manifestations anywhere in the world, including Monday morning's incident in New York City."

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