The FBI has released the name and photo of an “armed and dangerous” suspect in the latest string of terrirst attacks to hit the United States mainland. This Afghan-born man is wanted in connection with bombings in New York City and New Jersey.
Ahmad Khan Rahami is a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen. He was born in Afghanistan, and is wanted for questioning in a string of incidents that began Saturday morning in a coastal New Jersey town. It is believed that he’s connected to the bombing in New York, Saturday night.
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regarding the Saturday night blast in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, an explosion in Seaside Park on Saturday morning and a foiled bomb attack Sunday night near a train station in Elizabeth, NJ.
Rahami’s is believed to be from Elizabeth, NJ–where there were more bombs found–one of which exploded when police bomb-robots were attempting to defuse it. The bombs, which were located near a train station, shut down AMTRAK service on the eastern seaboard.
“Today I believe we’re going to find out that [the bombing] was influenced by foreign sources,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday on.
U.S. officials told Reuters that the bomb plot likely involves multiple individuals. This revelation comes from video footage of the bomb blast in Manhattan, Saturday. One man drops off a duffel-bag on the sidewalk, and then two others approach the bag, remove the pressure-cooker-bomb, and then set walk away with the duffel-bag.
Authorities have secured a “vehicle of interest,” also. A weapons stash was found in the vehicle, though what kinds of weapons remains unsaid.
Authorities said the New York and New Jersey bombs use similar construction. They are detonated by the use of used flip phones. The explosives, which are hand-mixed from Tannerite (a binary explosive often used for target practice) and black-powder. Tannerite makes powerful explosion–and these bombs are ignited from a spark from a modified string of Christmas lights.
Rahami is 5-foot-6 and 200 pounds.