Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody late Monday morning after a shootout with police in Linden, officials said.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, a USA citizen born in Afghanistan, was taken into custody in Linden, N.J., J. Christian Bollwage, the mayor of nearby Elizabeth, N.J., told reporters.
“One police officer in the city of Linden was shot in the chest and one was shot in the hand”.
“The response by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the ATF, fire department, EMS, the Port Authority and the state police, they all went into danger”, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, who assumed the post the day before the explosion, said at a news conference Monday.
Saturday night’s explosion in Chelsea injured 29 people, all of whom have since been released from the hospital, NBC News reports. While Ahmad seemingly hasn’t been linked to any terrorist groups, governor Andrew Cuomo referred to the bombing as a definite act of terrorism. At 12:30 p.m. EDT, the man was identified by a fingerprint left on the pressure cooker explosive device discovered by police in NY. Earlier that day, a pipe bomb partially detonated in a trash can in Seaside Park, New Jersey, before a charity Marine Corps. run and, on Sunday, a backpack filled with explosives was found near a New Jersey Transit train station in Elizabeth. One went off while police were trying to disarm it, but no one was injured.
Rahami’s name and information were disseminated early Monday morning via an emergency alert which was pushed to cell phones around NY and New Jersey just before 8 a.m.
The heightened alert comes as world leaders are gathering Monday for the United Nations General Assembly. “We do not, and never will, give in to fear”. They were able to identify him through a fingerprint, the official said. While Rahami was not yet directly connected to the Elizabeth explosions, authorities swarmed the city Monday, searching an apartment where Rahami lived and a restaurant where neighbors said he worked. A woman who answered the phone Monday at what appeared to be Hamidullah’s most recent address, in Union, N.J., said Hamidullah no longer lived there. In 2011, they filed a lawsuit accusing the city of discrimination. “It’s hard when it’s home”, Mr McCann said. Both said on Monday that appeared to be changing.
Cuomo, in a separate interview on MSNBC, said: “Today’s information suggests it may be foreign related but we’ll see where it goes”.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the ongoing investigation.
“We want to get this guy in for questioning”, de Blasio said on CNN. There were no injuries or damages, and the Semper Five race was canceled.
An unnamed law enforcement official told the Associated Press that traces of Tannerite explosives were found in the NY bombing.