Ahmad Khan Rahami charged with bombing in New York, New Jersey

September 21, 2016 8:10 am

Images of released on September 19, 2016 by the State Police. (Photo by AFP)

has charged the man arrested over attacks in and New Jersey with bombing, property destruction and use of weapons of mass destruction.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan-born American, was charged on Tuesday and will be transported to Manhattan to face the charges, said federal prosecutors in New York.
The 28-year-old man was captured following a shootout with police in New Jersey on Monday in the wake of three bombing incidents.
On Saturday, a bomb explosion in the New York City’s Chelsea district injured 31 people, including one person from Britain.
In a similar incident on Sunday night, a device exploded near a train station in New Jersey as an FBI bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot. In addition, another bomb placed in a garbage can in Seaside Park, New Jersey exploded on Saturday morning.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (2-R) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (3-R) stand in front of a mangled dumpster while touring the site of an explosion that occurred in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York on September 18, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Rahami left 12 fingerprints on one of the bombs he planted and bought materials for his bombs under his own name on eBay over the summer, according to federal charging documents.
The charges, filed in federal court in lower Manhattan, did not show that Rahami was connected to a terrorist group, but the documents quote a journal on his person referring to extremist figures.
The journal, which was with him when he was arrested Monday, lauded Osama bin Laden and -born Al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki. It also criticized wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
Rahami’s father said Monday he had voiced concern to the FBI about his son back in 2014 but to no avail.
“I called the FBI two years ago,” the father told reporters at the family’s restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
His remarks were confirmed by authorities, saying he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation twice, once expressing concern that his son might be in touch with militants and the next time saying he was collaborating with criminals.
The man has been also charged separately with unlawful weapon possession and five counts of attempted murder of a police official.
If convicted, he would have to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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