Afghan-Born Suspect Captured in Connection With U.S. Bombings

  • Rahami captured in Linden, N.J., after shootout with police
  • FBI says it linked him to bombings in New York and New Jersey

A man identified as a suspect in planting bombs over the weekend in Manhattan and New Jersey was captured following a shootout with police, according to U.S. officials.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was injured in the gunfight and taken away in an ambulance, according to video shown on CNN. The arrest by Linden, New Jersey, police about three miles (five kilometers) from his home in Elizabeth, ended a manhunt that started Monday morning when Rahami was identified from a surveillance video.

Law enforcement officials aren’t looking for any more individuals at this time, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. Rahami will probably be charged first in New Jersey for attacking police officers before he faces federal terrorism charges, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

Rahami is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

An explosion about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on 23rd Street, near 6th Avenue, in Manhattan injured 29 people. Hours later police said they found a second device four blocks away on 27th Street.

More explosives were found inside a backpack near an Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station on Sunday night, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said. One of pipe bombs detonated after midnight Monday, while a robot was in the process of disarming it. No injuries were reported.

Another device exploded Saturday morning along the route of a scheduled race in Seaside Park, New Jersey. The start of the race had been delayed, and no one was hurt in the blast.

— With assistance by Christian Berthelsen

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