Suspect in New Jersey and New York Bombings in Custody After Shootout [Update]

Bombing suspect, Ahmed Khan Rahami was arrested after a shootout with authorities in Linden, New Jersey. At 12:30 p.m. EDT, the man was identified by a fingerprint left on the pressure cooker explosive device discovered by police in New York.

Rahami is believed to be responsible for the bombs in Seaside Park and Elizabeth, in N.J. and Manhattan, N.Y. The explosive devices in N.Y. injured 29 people. No one was harmed by the pipebombs that went off in N.J.

Two police officers were wounded during the shootout with Rahami. Elizabeth, N.J. major stated the one officer was shot in the hand, the other took a bullet in his tactical vest. The suspect was shot in his right shoulder.

After discovering the fingerprint and combing through the surveillance videos the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) posted a tweet with four photos of Rahami. The text was written capital letters: “Wanted for questioning. Retweet.”

The series of bombings led officials to suspect that there might be a terror cell working in both states. According to CNN, these attacks coincided with the United Nation General Assembly meeting in N.Y. this week. At this time it is unknown if there is any connection between the bombs and the U.N. meeting.

According to the FBI, Rahami is a naturalized citizen, whose last address of record was in Elizabeth, N.J. He is of Afghan descent.

The FBI identified the pressure cookers’ contents as pieces of metal mixed with ball bearing and BBs. There were two of these devices in N.Y., one exploded causing injuries. Those found in N.J. were pipe bombs.

UPDATE: At 6:37 p.m. EDT, prosecutors, in the case against the suspect, announced they would be charging Rahami with attempted murder in response to the shootout with police.

This is an ongoing story and updates will be provided as they become available.

Written by Cathy Milne


CNN: NY, NJ bombings: Suspect wounded, arrested after shootout; 2 officers hit

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