Monday, September 19, 2016

Chelsea NYC Seaside Eliazabeth NJ Ahmed Khan Rahami Terrorist Bombings

Chelsea NYC Seaside Eliazabeth NJ Terrorist Bombings --- ===

Afghan Islamist American citizen Ahmed Khan Rahami is prime suspect who bombs Marines charity run in NJ, his hometown train station, and gay NYC Chelsea neighborhood with cellphone-controlled pipe bombs and pressure cookers packed with tannerite and shrapnel BBs. His family members are stopped in a SUV with weapons. A bugos Tumbler post looks like coordinated disinformation to link the blast to LGBT civil rights and protests against Islamophobic Trump. Authorities are reluctant to speculate it is terrorism, international terrorism, or Arab / Islamist terrorism which is obviously is since every terrorist attack on NYC since 9/11 has been by Al Qaeda ISIS or some other form of mideast terrorism, and nobody else uses cellphone pressure cooker bombs.  The attack on the same evening in a Minnesota mall mass stabbing was by a Muslim Somali community college student who shouted "Allah", asked his victims if they were Muslim was killed when he attacked the off-duty police officer who challenged him. Authorities in MN have no idea of his motive but are investigating it as a possible terror attack.  At minimum, these are linked by radical Islamist ideology.

Rahami was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
Officials found a rambling notebook where Rahami describes his affinity for Anwar al Awlaki, the American-born Islamic cleric who became a leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen. He was killed in a CIA drone strike after approving the Fort Hood massacre and sending the underwear bomber on an airliner. He was also inspired by the Boston pressure cooker bombers.

December 2016 authorities announce they believe he is connected to other radicals they are investigating.

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NYC ‘Bomb’ and Netanyahu [Mossad false flag Chelsea bombing] | Rehmat's World
 n September 19, Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz carried a headline: Netanyahu Knows a Pre-election Terror Attack Could Aid Trump. “If a Trump victory is vital for .Netanyahu would do what he did ahead of NYC terror attacks on September 11, 2001 – hide Israeli involvement and blame it on Muslims.  Amir Oren’s conspiracy theory came true when a pressure-cooker exploded in NYC Manhattan posh area. The EXPLOSION didn’t kill anyone – but ‘injured’ 29 people as result of the stinky smoke.Barack Obama said there was no indication it to be terrorist act, and warned NYC people to be very watchful.  Hillary Clinton commenting on the incident – called it EXPLOSION in an interview with pro-Israel CNN on Saturday night.  Donald Trump, on the other hand, claimed it to be a BOMB. police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-year-old Afghan refugees after a shoot-out not in NYC but in Linden city NJ Israel First Robert Spencer’s notorious anti-Muslim website, Jihad Watch, reported that “the pressure cooker bomb resembled one used in Boston Marathon“. On April 21, 2013, former UNHRC envoy Richard Falk (Jewish) said: Israel was behind Boston Marathon bombing. FBI’s New York division, said that authorities have found no indication that there is a terror cell operating in the area. However, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror.” de Blasio who visited the Zionist entity in October 2015, told Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai: “I stand behind Israel no matter what.”  NYC with country’s largest pro-Israel Jewish community is a soft-belly for Israeli Mossad to target.

rehmat is anti-semitic anti-israel anti-US site: Top US General: ‘World hates US for backing Israel

Bomb details:

Ahmad Khan Rahami Is Arrested in Manhattan and New Jersey The New York Times Old style flip phones cellphones were used as timers, with Christmas-tree-style lights as initiators, the officials said. They said HMTD, an explosive compound, served as the detonator ...a compound similar to tannerite served as main charge.


fingerprint of Rahami
phones traced to Rahami

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*Counterjihad
  • Jawa report September 19, 2016 Terrorist? Oh Yeah This Terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami If you see Ahmad Khan Rahami, um call the police. Because um, well we just want to talk to him. Here's a tip for you. Its a terrorist attack! The bomb is strait out of Inspire Magazine. Using christmas lights. Trust me, this is an Islamic Terror attack in support of ISIS and al-Qaeda.
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  • anti-America: 
  • anti-military:  Maria ex girlfriend said he hated the U.S. military "One time, he was watching TV with my daughter and a woman in a [military] uniform came on and he told [their daughter], 'That's the bad person,'" 
  • Brother: brothers, Mohammad K. Rahami, posted a jihadi message to Facebook in 2013
  • Fake passport: MuslimIssue  Ahmad Rahami looks NOTHING like an Afghan. This man is of Egyptian or Saudi origin. Another fake refugee who used a fake passport 
  • Gay: bombed Chelsea, gay village in NYC
  • Girlfriend: Maria - got pregnant in High school gave birth to daughter
  • LGBT community targeted Hated gays: “How there weren't homosexuals in Afghanistan.
  • Mideast Suspect --- Two men who found suitcase and removed bomb were from Egypt airline security .
  • Interviews on return, but not flagged as terrorist 
  • Passport confiscated:  Fox  before their daughter was born, Rahami was in Afghanistan and had trouble returning because authorities in Afghanistan confiscated his passport for unknown reasons, Maria said.

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2016 New York and New Jersey bombings

2016 New York and New Jersey bombings

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2016 New York and New Jersey bombings
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo tour the site of the Manhattan bombing
2016 New York and New Jersey bombings is located in New Jersey
Seaside Park bombing
Seaside Park bombing
Manhattan bombing
Manhattan bombing
Elizabeth bombs
Elizabeth bombs
Locations of the bombings
LocationSeaside ParkNew Jersey, U.S.
ChelseaManhattanNew York, U.S.
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
Linden, New Jersey, U.S.
Coordinates39.925602°N 74.074726°W(Seaside Park)
40.743631°N 73.994308°W(Manhattan)
40.667778°N 74.215°W(Elizabeth)
DateSeaside Park bombing:September 17, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Manhattan bombing: September 17, 2016, 8:31 p.m.
Elizabeth bombing: September 19, 2016, c. 12:40 a.m.
Linden shootout: September 19, 2016, 11:23 a.m. (All times areUTC-04:00)
Attack type
Bombingshootout
WeaponsPressure cooker bombpipe bombshandgun
Deaths0
Non-fatal injuries
32 total:
  • 29 civilians in Manhattan
  • 2 police officers at Linden
  • 1 suspect at Linden
Suspected perpetrator
Ahmad Khan Rahami
On September 17–19, 2016, there were three bombings in the New York metropolitan area, specifically in Seaside ParkNew JerseyManhattanNew York; andElizabeth, New Jersey.
On September 17, at about 9:30 a.m., a pipe bomb exploded in a trash can along the route of a U.S. Marine charity run in Seaside Park, but no one was injured. Later that day, at about 8:30 p.m., a homemade pressure cooker bomb exploded on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Twenty-nine civilians were injured, 24 of whom were taken to the hospital. A second pressure cooker bomb, with wires and a mobile phone attached, was discovered by authorities on West 27th Street, four blocks away. Late on September 18, multiple bombs were discovered inside a suspicious package at the Elizabeth train station. One of those bombs detonated early the next day during the police investigation, but no injuries were reported.
On September 19, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified a suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, in all of the incidents. He was captured hours later, after a shootout in Linden, New Jersey, that resulted in Rahami and two police officers being injured. Rahami was hospitalized and charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Seaside Park bombing[edit]

In the morning of September 17, 2016, in Ocean County, New Jersey, the Seaside Semper Five, a 5k run event, was expected to draw as many as 3,000 people, with many of them being veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The race was delayed after a suspicious backpack was noticed in vicinity of the area where the race was held.[1][2]
At about 9:30 a.m., shortly before the race was supposed to start, a pipe bomb exploded in a trash can on Ocean Avenue in Seaside Park.[1][2] Three "rudimentary" pipe bombs, all reportedly timed to go off during the race, were later found, with only one of the three having exploded.[3]
The race was canceled after the explosion,[3] and the beach and boardwalk in Seaside Park were evacuated. Police officials and federal agents soon went door-to-door, asking residents about information regarding the bombs or any suspicious activity they may have seen, heard, or witnessed.[4][5]

Manhattan bombing[edit]

On the same day as the Seaside Park bombing, a pressure cooker bomb filled with shrapnel, in the form of small bearings or metal BBs,[6] exploded in a crowded area on West 23rd Street, between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue at 8:31 p.m.[7][1][6] The explosion occurred in front of 133 West 23rd Street,[8] from the street in the vicinity of a construction site,[9] at which materials were in place for exterior renovations of the Visions at Selis Manor facility, an apartment building for the blind, at 135 West 23rd Street.[10][11] Other nearby buildings included the Townhouse Inn of Chelsea,[11] many restaurants, and a Trader Joe's at 21st Street and 6th Avenue.[10] The Chelsea neighborhood is residential, known for its nightlife, and is not close to any significant tourist sites or government buildings.[12]
Witnesses said that the explosion "seemed to have started inside a sidewalk dumpster" in the vicinity of Sixth Avenue, and photographs of a "twisted dumpster" in the middle of West 23rd Street went viral on Twitter.[1] A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity stated that the explosion "appeared to have come from a construction toolbox" in front of a building", and photographs of the area reportedly showed a twisted, crumpled black metal box.[10]

Effects[edit]


Police officer instructs civilian, as other police and fire crews work near scene of bomb explosion
The explosion "shattered windows in a five-story brownstone building" and sent debris onto the street.[1] Debris was also strewn in front of the St. Vincent de Paul Church.[13] The moment of the blast was captured on closed-circuit televisionfootage from three cameras.[14]
Twenty-nine civilians were injured,[1][8] 24 of whom were taken to four different local hospitals.[13][15] Most of the injuries were scrapes and bruises caused by flying debris and glass.[10][14] None of the injuries were life-threatening but one managed to sustain a puncture wound and was seriously hurt.[1] Nine of the injured were taken to Bellevue Hospital,[16]including the seriously injured civilian.[13] Lenox Health Greenwich Village treated another nine victims.[9] By the following morning, all of the injured had been released.[8][6]
The explosion disrupted travel in Manhattan extensively. A significant zone (14th Street to 34th Street between Fifth Avenue and Eighth Avenue) was closed to car travel overnight. By 7:00 a.m. the following morning, "all of the streets and avenues had been reopened, except for West 23rd Street, which remained closed between Fifth and Eighth Avenues."New York City Subway service to stations along West 23rd Street was disrupted while the investigation was ongoing.[17]

Discovery of second device[edit]

Following the explosion, officers began a block-by-block search for additional unexploded bombs.[18] Several hours later, two state troopers discovered a pressure cooker bomb, with dark wiring taped with silver duct tape attaching it to a mobile phone, found inside a plastic bag.[6][18] It was also filled with small bearings or metal BBs.[6] The pressure cooker bomb was described as similar to the two pressure cooker bombs used in the Boston Marathon bombing.[1][13][15][19][20] The device was discovered near a mailbox at West 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, four blocks away from the site of the original blast. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reported its find of a "possible secondary device" at 11:00 p.m.[1]
The bomb was removed by an NYPD bomb squad robot.[1][10] The robot placed the bomb in a "total containment vessel" (a spherical chamber hitched to a police truck), and the device was driven away at around 2:25 a.m. on September 18.[18] Investigators obtained fingerprints and the mobile phone from the device.[21][22] The bomb was driven to the NYPD's Rodman's Neck firing range in the Bronx, where it was rendered safe[8] via a controlled explosion.[21] The devices were to be sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, for further inspection.[8][9]

Discovery of bombs in Elizabeth[edit]

At around 8:00 p.m. on September 18, two homeless men took a backpack atop a municipal garbage can at the Elizabeth train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[22][23][24][25][26] They were about 300 feet (91 m) from a busy pub's front entrance[23] and about 500 feet (150 m) from a train trestle when they took the backpack.[21] The men looked into the backpack, discovered that the item contained wires and a pipe, and contacted the Elizabeth Police Department around 8:45 p.m.[24] The pair were not held as suspects.[22][24]
The investigation was then turned over to the New Jersey State Police and the FBI, which sent in two robots that confirmed the devices were pipe bombs. One of these was accidentally detonated at around 12:40 a.m. as the robots sought to disarm the devices. "One robot was destroyed and [the other] had a mechanical arm blown off."[24][26] Authorities were working to disable the other devices.[24][27] Following the bomb's accidental explosion, the station was evacuated. The surrounding area was put on lockdown, and service was suspended between the Newark Airport and Elizabeth stations for the day. New Jersey-bound trains from New York were also held at Penn Station.[25][28]
Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said that it was unclear whether the train station was a specific target, or whether the bombs were dumped by someone looking to quickly get rid of them.[24] The Elizabeth device was "similar in appearance" to the Seaside Park device.[23] Police later theorized that the bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami, had thrown away the bombs in Elizabeth in an effort to hide the evidence because these bombs lacked detonators.[22]

Investigation[edit]


Ongoing investigation at 23rd Street, as seen on September 19
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(ATF) responded to the scene of the Manhattan bombing and were involved in the investigation, in addition to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and the NYPD. Initially, the Seaside Park and Manhattan bombings were investigated as separate incidents, but over a period of two days, the investigation yielded similarities between the two incidents.[1][16][29]
Both of the Manhattan bombs—the one that exploded and the second that was disabled—were of the same design, using pressure cookers filled with bearings or metal BBs that were rigged with flip mobile phones and Christmas lights that set off an explosive "similar to... Tannerite", a commercially available explosive compound.[6] Tannerite is generally used to mark target practice shots with smoke and little explosion. Experts said a large amount of tannerite would have been needed to create an explosion such as this one, and that the explosion would have needed an accelerant or other ignitor.[30]
The FBI examined fingerprints from the undetonated West 27th Street pressure cooker bomb and its attached mobile phone.[21] On September 19, the FBI traced the prints, as well as some pictures on the mobile phone, to Ahmad Khan Rahami.[22][31]

Motive[edit]

At a news conference at 11:15 p.m. on September 17, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the Manhattan explosion was intentional, but there was no evidence of a terrorist attack at the time.[1][15] De Blasio said, "There is no specific and credible threat to New York City from any terror organization."[1] Officials left open the possibility of arson or vandalism at the time.[32] At the same news conference, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said the "exact nature and cause of this explosion has not yet been determined"[15] and that there was no indication that the explosion was caused by natural gas.[33]
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Voice of America video report
An official speaking to The New York Times on condition of anonymity said, "We don't understand the target or the significance of it. It's by a pile of dumpsters on a random sidewalk."[1] At a news conference the day following the Manhattan explosion, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that placing a bomb in a crowded city street was intrinsically a terrorist act,[34] but said that "there is no evidence of an international terrorism connection with this incident", while noting that the investigation was still in its early stages. An explosives expert, speaking anonymously, said the materials used in the bomb indicated that the bomb-builder had some knowledge of how to assemble the explosive device.[6]

Search for possible suspect(s)[edit]

NYPD investigators in Manhattan discovered surveillance video that showed a suspect planting a bomb on 23rd Street, then walking to 27th Street dragging a duffel bag. The subject left the bag at 27th Street. Later, two individuals took the pressure cooker bomb out of the bag and left the scene.[20][34] It was later determined that the two men who had taken the bomb out of the bag were scavengers who had wanted the duffel bag and did not know what they had been handling; in the process, they might have deactivated the bomb in the bag. The NYPD wished to talk with these men, who were not considered suspects.[22][35]
Late on September 18, the day after the Manhattan explosion, the FBI announced that five men, who were later found to be relatives of Rahami, had been detained in connection with the investigation. The men were detained at about 8:45 p.m. at a traffic stop, which was being conducted by the FBI and NYPD on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge.[23][31][36][37][38]

Suspect[edit]

Ahmad Khan Rahami
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Surveillance image of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was arrested following a manhunt
BornJanuary 23, 1988 (age 28)
Afghanistan
ResidenceElizabeth, New Jersey
CitizenshipAmerican
EducationEdison High School
EmployerFirst American Fried Chicken
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[39]
Weight200 lb (91 kg)[39]
Criminal charge
Criminal statusIn-custody
Parent(s)
  • Mohammad Rahami (father)
Ahmad Khan Rahami (born on January 23, 1988), an Afghan-born naturalized U.S. citizen,[22][31] came to the United States from Afghanistan in 2000,[43] and was naturalized in 2011. His father, Mohammad Rahami, came to the U.S. several years earlier seeking asylum.[44] He may have as many as seven siblings.[43][45] Rahami graduated from Edison High School in 2008.[46] From 2010 to 2012, he attended Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, majoring in criminal justice. He did not graduate.[44][46]
Rahami's friends described him as a generous person who invited his friends to eat and conduct rap battles from his family's fried chicken restaurant—First American Fried Chicken in Elizabeth, 15 miles (24 km) from New York City. In recent years, though, he seemed to be a "completely different person" who was more stern than before and less easygoing.[47][48] A classmate from Edison High described him as quiet, mild-mannered, well-dressed, and "not abrasive, [but] funny" whenever he spoke.[48]
The Rahami family had a history of disputes with the City of Elizabeth over the restaurant's operating hours, claiming that the city was discriminating against them because of their ethnicity and because they were Muslim.[31][44][49] They filed a lawsuit against the city in 2011, in which they alleged harassment and religious discrimination by police and officials who would force them to close early. However, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said the longstanding issues were caused by a series of complaints from neighbors, who reported noise and large crowds gathering at the restaurant late at night. The city later passed an ordinance barring takeout restaurants (such as the Rahamis') from operating past 10:00 p.m. In 2009, two members of Rahami's family were arrested for attempting to record a conversation with police, according to court papers.[50][51][52] Rahami lived above the restaurant with his family.[47]
In August 2014, Rahami, at that time living in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon in Union County. The charges arose from allegations that Rahami had stabbed someone in the leg in a domestic incident. Rahami spent three months in the Union County Jail, but was reported to have bailed. A grand jury declined to make an indictment.[46][47] A "high-ranking law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation" said Rahami had spent two additional days in jail, one in February 2012 for allegedly violating a restraining order, and another in October 2008 for failure to pay traffic tickets.[47]
Rahami reportedly went back to Afghanistan several times (including for an extended period starting in 2012), and "showed signs of radicalization" upon his return.[21][31][47] Rahami and members of his family also made several trips to Pakistan.[46] He spent several weeks in the cities of Quetta, Pakistan, and Kandahar, Afghanistan; at Quetta, a known Taliban stronghold, he married a Pakistani woman in July 2011. Rahami traveled to Pakistan and remained there from April 2013 to March 2014. Following his Quetta visit and his near-year-long stay in Pakistan, he underwent secondary questioning, but both times he said he was visiting family members and was cleared by immigration officials.[44]
According to a childhood friend, Rahami grew a beard, started wearing more religious clothing following his trips to Afghanistan, and began praying in the back of his family's restaurant.[48][51] When the mobile phone from West 27th Street was examined, investigators found that Rahami had posted jihadist writings on various websites.[22] However, it was "not known whether he had any links to an overseas terror organization, or whether he had been inspired by such organizations and their propaganda efforts, as others have been."[31] Rahami was licensed to carry firearms.[46]

Manhunt, shootout, and arrest[edit]

After stopping the five men on the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, FBI agents and Elizabeth police searched Rahami's home in the early morning of September 18.[31][44]The FBI asked for public assistance in detaining Rahami for questioning in connection with the bombings in Manhattan and Seaside Park, as well as the attempted overnight bombing in Elizabeth. The bureau considered him to be armed and dangerous.[31]
At 7:39 a.m. on September 19, the NYPD posted a "Wanted" poster of Rahami on Twitter.[53] Seventeen minutes later, the Wireless Emergency Alert system was used to send a mass text message to the mobile phones of millions of people in New York City, marking the first time New York City used the emergency alert to search for a named suspect.[53][54] The alert message read, "WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen."[54] Mayor de Blasio said, "Anyone who sees this individual or knows anything about him or his whereabouts needs to call it in right away."[53][55]
Law enforcement also put Rahami on some terror watchlists to prevent him from leaving the United States.[21]
Concurrently, authorities started searching Rahami's home in Elizabeth. The New Jersey State Police released two tweets, one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 10:56 a.m., both stating that Rahami was wanted in connection with the Seaside Park and Elizabeth bombs.[53] At around 10:30 a.m., a Linden, New Jersey, bar owner was across the street from his bar, watching CNN, when he saw a man sleeping in the doorway of his bar. The bar owner recognized the man as Rahami from news reports and notified police.[21] When a Linden police officer arrived fifteen minutes later and awoke the man, he realized that it was Rahami.[31][42]
Rahami disregarded the officer's order to show his hands, and instead shot the officer in the abdomen with a handgun, striking the officer's bulletproof vest. The officer returned fire, and Rahami fled, with police pursuing him.[31] Rahami fired back indiscriminately.[40] He encountered an officer seated in his vehicle and fired into it; the officer was grazed in the head, shot in the hand, and also struck by flying glass. However, neither of the officers' injuries was serious.[21][40][56] During the shootout, Rahami was shot at least twice and sustained a shoulder wound.[21][31][40] He was finally arrested shortly before noon, and then transported to University Hospital by ambulance.[21][31][38][40] He underwent surgery and was in stable condition.[42]
Following Rahami's arrest, investigators said there was "no indication" he was part of a broader terror cell,[42] nor that such a cell was "operating in the area".[52] Rahami was said to be initially uncooperative during interrogations.[21]

Legal proceedings[edit]

On the night of September 19, Linden officials charged Rahami with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer in relation to the shootout in Linden. He was also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, both in relation to the handgun found in his possession.[52][40][57] He was held on a $5.2 million bond.[41]Federal prosecutors also began preparations for a terrorism case against him.[42]

Response[edit]

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A portion of Governor Cuomo's response
Governor Cuomo released a statement following the Chelsea blast, saying: "We are closely monitoring the situation and urge New Yorkers to, as always, remain calm and vigilant."[1] The day following the bombing, Cuomo and de Blasio toured the damage together.[6]
President Barack Obama held a press conference following Rahami's arrest, praising law enforcement for their "extraordinary" response to the bombing scenes, their inter-agency cooperation in the investigation, and their quick actions in apprehending the suspect.[41]
Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's ambassador to the U.S., released a statement saying the Afghan government condemned the bombings and promising the country's cooperation with the investigation.[52]
Security was boosted across New York City's five boroughs as a precautionary measure.[15] Cuomo said that while there was no ongoing threat to the city, he would deploy 1,000 National Guard and State Police to major commuter hubs in the city.[6] Security was heightened around the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which began while events were unfolding.[21]

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2016 New York and New Jersey bombings

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2016 New York and New Jersey bombings
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and State Governor Andrew Cuomo tour the site of the Manhattan bombing.
2016 New York and New Jersey bombings is located in New Jersey
Seaside Park bombing
Seaside Park bombing
Manhattan bombing
Manhattan bombing
Elizabeth bombs
Elizabeth bombs
LocationSeaside ParkNew Jersey, U.S.
ChelseaManhattanNew York, U.S.
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
Linden, New Jersey, U.S.
Coordinates39.925602°N 74.074726°W(Seaside Park)
40.743631°N 73.994308°W(Manhattan)
40.667778°N 74.215°W(Elizabeth)
DateSeaside Park bombing:September 17, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Manhattan bombing:September 17, 2016, 8:31 p.m.
Elizabeth bombs discovered:September 19, 2016, c. 12:40 a.m.
Linden shootout: September 19, 2016, 11:23 a.m. (All times are UTC-04:00)
Attack type
Bombingshootout
WeaponsPressure cooker bombspipe bombs9mm Glock pistol
Deaths0
Non-fatal injuries
35 total:
  • 31 civilians in Manhattan
  • 3 police officers in Linden
  • 1 suspect in Linden
On September 17–19, 2016, three bombs exploded and several unexploded ones were found in the New York metropolitan area. The bombings left 31 people wounded, but no fatalities or life-threatening injuries were reported.
On the morning of September 17, a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Later that day, a homemade pressure cooker bomb went off in the Chelsea neighborhood of ManhattanNew York City. A second pressure cooker bomb was discovered four blocks away. Late on September 18, multiple bombs were discovered at the train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. One of these bombs detonated early next day.
On September 19, the sole suspect—Ahmad Khan Rahimi, of Elizabeth—was captured, following a shootout with police in the neighboring Linden, New Jersey. Rahimi was not part of a terrorist group, but his actions were believed to have been influenced by the extremist Islamic ideology espoused by al-Qaeda.

Seaside Park bombing[edit]

In the morning of September 17, 2016, in Ocean County, New Jersey, the Seaside Semper Five, a 5k run event, was expected to draw as many as 3,000 people, with many of them being veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The race was delayed after a suspicious backpack was noticed in the vicinity of the starting point.[1][2]
At about 9:30 a.m., shortly before the race was supposed to start, a pipe bomb exploded in a trash can on Ocean Avenue in Seaside Park.[1][2] Three "rudimentary" pipe bombs, all reportedly timed to go off during the race, were later found, with only one of the three having exploded. No one was hurt by this bombing, however.[3]
The race was canceled after the explosion,[3] and the beach and boardwalk in Seaside Park were evacuated. Police officials and federal agents soon went door-to-door, asking residents about information regarding the bombs or any suspicious activity they may have seen, heard, or witnessed.[4][5]

Manhattan bombing[edit]

On the same day as the Seaside Park bombing, a pressure cooker bomb filled with shrapnel, in the form of small bearings or metal BBs,[6] exploded in a crowded area on West 23rd Street, between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue at 8:31 p.m.[1][6][7] The explosion occurred in front of 133 West 23rd Street[8] in the vicinity of a construction site,[9] at which materials were in place for exterior renovations of the Visions at Selis Manor facility, an apartment building for the blind, at 135 West 23rd Street.[10][11] Other nearby buildings included the Townhouse Inn of Chelsea,[11] many restaurants, and a Trader Joe's at 21st Street and 6th Avenue.[10] The Chelsea neighborhood is residential, known for its nightlife, and is not close to any significant tourist sites or government buildings.[12]
Witnesses said that the explosion "seemed to have started inside a sidewalk dumpster" in the vicinity of Sixth Avenue, and photographs of a "twisted dumpster" in the middle of West 23rd Street went viral on Twitter.[1] A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity stated that the explosion "appeared to have come from a construction toolbox" in front of a building, and photographs of the area reportedly showed a twisted, crumpled black metal box.[10]

Effects[edit]

A police officer instructs a civilian, as other police and fire crews work near the scene of the bomb explosion.
The explosion "was powerful enough to vault a heavy steel dumpster more than 120 feet through the air ... Windows shattered 400 feet from where the explosion went off, and pieces of the bomb were recovered 650 feet away."[13] The explosion caused damage to a nearby five-story brownstone,[1] and debris was strewn in front of the St. Vincent de Paul Church.[14] The moment of the blast was captured on closed-circuit television footage from three cameras.[15]
Thirty-one civilians were injured,[13] 24 of whom were taken to four hospitals.[14][16] Most injuries were scrapes and bruises caused by flying debris and glass.[10][15] None of the injuries were life-threatening, but one victim sustained a puncture wound and was seriously hurt.[1] Nine of the injured were taken to Bellevue Hospital,[17] including the seriously injured civilian.[14] Lenox Health Greenwich Village treated another nine victims.[9] By the following morning, all of the injured had been released.[6][8]
The explosion disrupted travel in Manhattan extensively. A significant zone (14th Street to 34th Street between Fifth Avenue and Eighth Avenue) was closed to car travel overnight. By 7:00 a.m. the following morning, all roads in that region were reopened except for West 23rd Street. New York City Subway service to stations along West 23rd Street was disrupted while the investigation was ongoing.[18]

Discovery of second device[edit]

Following the explosion, officers began a block-by-block search for additional unexploded bombs.[19] Several hours later, police received a 9-1-1 call from a resident of West 27th Street who had seen a suspicious-looking package near her home. The device was under a mailbox at West 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, four blocks away from the site of the original blast.[20] When authorities came to look, two state troopers discovered the pressure cooker bomb concealed in a plastic bag and connected with dark wiring to a mobile phone.[6][19] The bomb was filled with small bearings or metal BBs.[6] The pressure cooker bomb was described as similar to those used in the Boston Marathon bombing.[1][14][16][21][22] The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reported its find of a "possible secondary device" at 11:00 p.m.[1]
The bomb was removed by an NYPD bomb squad robot.[1][10] The robot placed the bomb in a containment chamber, and the device was driven away at around 2:25 a.m. on September 18.[19] Investigators obtained fingerprints and the mobile phone from the device.[23][24] The bomb was driven to the NYPD's Rodman's Neck firing range in the Bronx, where it was rendered safe[8] via a controlled explosion.[23] The devices were to be sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, for further inspection.[8][9]

Discovery of bombs in Elizabeth[edit]

At around 8:00 p.m. on September 18, two men took a backpack atop a municipal garbage can at the Elizabeth train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[24][25][26][27][28] One of the men, Lee Parker, was homeless and was looking for a backpack so he could go to a job search. His friend Ivan White had found the backpack above the garbage can.[29][30] They were about 300 feet (91 m) from a busy pub's front entrance[25] and about 500 feet (150 m) from a train trestle when they took the backpack.[23] White and Parker looked into the backpack, discovered that the item contained wires and a pipe, and called 9-1-1 at around 8:45 p.m.[26][29][30] The men, who were not held as suspects,[24][26] were hailed as heroes in Elizabeth;[29][30] a GoFundMe campaign in their name raised over $16,000 in donations.[31]
The Elizabeth Police Department was the first authority to respond to the men's 9-1-1 call.[29][30] The investigation was soon turned over to the New Jersey State Police and the FBI, which sent in two robots that confirmed the devices were pipe bombs. One of these bombs was accidentally detonated at around 12:40 a.m. as the robots sought to disarm the devices. One robot was "destroyed" by the blast, while the other robot's mechanical arm was broken.[26][28] Authorities were working to disable the other devices.[26][32] Following the bomb's accidental explosion, the station was evacuated. The surrounding area was put on lockdown, and service was suspended between the Newark Airport and Elizabeth stations for the day. New Jersey-bound trains from New York were held at Penn Station.[27][33]
Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said that it was unclear whether the train station was a specific target, or whether the bombs were dumped by someone looking to quickly get rid of them.[26] The Elizabeth device was "similar in appearance" to the Seaside Park device.[25] Police later theorized that the bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, had thrown away the bombs in Elizabeth in an effort to hide the evidence because these bombs lacked detonators.[24]

Investigation[edit]

Ongoing investigation at 23rd Street, as seen on September 19, 2016
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) responded to the scene of the Chelsea bombing and were involved in the investigation, in addition to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and the NYPD. Initially, the Seaside Park and Manhattan bombings were investigated as separate incidents, but over a period of two days, the investigation yielded similarities between the two incidents, leading the investigators to determine that they were connected, and therefore that it was to be investigated as one overall composite terrorist act or endeavor, committed by the same person or party.[1][17][34]
Within hours after the attack, officials determined that the explosion was intentional, and ruled out the possibility of a natural gas explosion.[1][35] Investigators did not immediately find evidence of a terrorism link,[1][16] initially leaving open the possibility of arson or vandalism at the time.[36] A link to terrorism was discovered in the following days.[37][38]
Both of the Manhattan bombs—the one that exploded and the second that was disabled—were of the same design, using pressure cookers filled with bearings or metal BBs that were rigged with flip phones and Christmas lights that set off a small charge of hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), which served as a detonator for a larger charge of a secondary explosive similar to Tannerite.[37][39]
The FBI examined fingerprints from the undetonated West 27th Street pressure cooker bomb and its attached mobile phone.[23] DNA evidence was also recovered.[38] On September 19, the FBI traced the prints, as well as some pictures on the mobile phone, to Ahmad Khan Rahimi (see below).[24][37]
Though the explosives in all four incidents were of three different designs, the Department of Homeland Security found that the bomb-maker followed guidelines featured in Inspire, an online magazine published by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.[40] Investigators also said they believed the bomb-maker had cased the Chelsea neighborhood before the bombing there, and that he may have had an accomplice as he would have had to otherwise cover a lot of ground between the bombing sites in a relatively short amount of time. They were talking to witnesses who claimed to have seen Rahimi in the Chelsea area before the explosion.[41][42] Several bomb ingredients were purchased by Rahimi on eBay between June 20 and August 10.[43]
On September 30, two weeks after Rahimi's arrest (see below), the FBI raided his home a second time for "additional evidence".[44][45]

Search for suspects[edit]

Investigators discovered surveillance video that showed a suspect planting a bomb, later identified as Rahimi, on West 23rd Street in Manhattan, then walking to West 27th Street dragging a duffel bag. The subject left the bag at West 27th Street. Later, two individuals took the pressure cooker bomb out of the bag and left the scene.[22][46] Authorities determined that the two men who had taken the bomb out of the bag were, most likely, scavengers who had only wanted the duffel bag and did not know what they had been handling; in the process, they might have deactivated the bomb in the bag. The NYPD and FBI wished to talk with these men, who were considered possible witnesses but were not suspected in helping plant the bomb.[24][47] Investigators later believed the men were possible Egyptian tourists who have since returned to their home country.[48][49] U.S. investigators notified Egyptian authorities that they wanted to question the men.[49]
Late on September 18, the day after the Manhattan explosion, the FBI announced that five men, who were later found to be relatives of Rahimi, had been detained in connection with the investigation. The men were detained at about 8:45 p.m. at a traffic stop, which was being conducted by the FBI and NYPD on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.[25][37][50][51][52]

Motive[edit]

An official speaking to The New York Times on condition of anonymity said, "We don't understand the target or the significance of it. It's by a pile of dumpsters on a random sidewalk."[1] At a news conference the day following the Manhattan bombing, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that placing a bomb in a crowded city street was intrinsically a terrorist act, but that "there is no evidence of an international terrorism connection with this incident," while noting that the investigation was still in its early stages.[46] An explosives expert, speaking anonymously, said the materials used in the bomb indicated that the bomb-builder had some knowledge of how to assemble the explosive device.[6]
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Voice of America video report
A note found on the pressure cooker bomb left on West 27th Street referred to Anwar al-Awlaki (the Muslim cleric who became a senior member of al-Qaeda and was then killed by a U.S. drone strike), the Boston Marathon bombing, and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.[53][54][38]
On September 20, investigators said that when Rahimi was arrested, he had a notebook in his possession in which he had written about Anwar al-Awlaki, the Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the spokesperson and a senior leader of ISIL.[13][38][42] The notebook had bullet holes and blood stains. In the notebook, Rahimi wrote of "killing the kuffar," an Arabic term for unbelievers.[13]
According to authorities, Rahimi was not part of a terrorist cell, but was motivated and inspired by the extremist Islamic ideology espoused by al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda chief propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki.[13] The criminal complaint filed against Rahimi states that Rahimi had a YouTube account in which he listed two jihadist propaganda videos as "favorites" alongside other, unrelated materials.[55]

Suspect[edit]

Ahmad Khan Rahimi
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Surveillance image of Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who was arrested following a manhunt
BornJanuary 23, 1988 (age 29)
KandaharDemocratic Republic of Afghanistan[56]
ResidenceElizabeth, New Jersey
CitizenshipAmerican
EducationEdison High School
EmployerFirst American Fried Chicken
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[38]
Weight200 lb (91 kg)[38]
Criminal charge
Federal charges:
  • use of weapon of mass destruction (3 counts)
  • bombing of place of public use (2 counts)
  • destruction of property by means of fire or explosives (2 counts)
  • use of destructive device during and in furtherance of a crime of violence.[57][58]
New Jersey State charges:
Criminal statusConvicted
Children1[62]

Background[edit]

Ahmad Khan Rahimi (born January 23, 1988), an Afghan American[24][37] whose surname was initially reported as Rahami,[63][64] came to the United States from Afghanistan in 2000,[65] and was naturalized in 2011.[63] He is a native Pashto speaker.[66]
His father, Mohammad Rahimi, came to the U.S. several years earlier seeking asylum.[62] According to a neighbor, Rahimi's father, a Pashtun,[66] had been part of the anti-Soviet mujahideen movement in Afghanistan, and was critical of the Taliban.[67] The younger Rahimi may have as many as seven siblings.[37][65] Before settling into the U.S., the Rahimi family fled from the then war-torn Afghanistan to Pakistan. In the U.S., they lived in a number of New Jersey towns before settling in Elizabeth.[56]
Rahimi graduated from Edison High School in 2008.[68] From 2010 to 2012, he attended Middlesex County Collegein Edison, New Jersey, majoring in criminal justice with alleged aspirations of a future in law enforcement. He dropped out.[62][68][69]
Rahimi's friends described him as a generous person who was never devoutly religious and would invite his friends to eat and conduct rap battles at his family's fried chicken restaurant—First American Fried Chicken in Elizabeth, 15 miles (24 km) from New York City. To some, he was known as Mad, short for Ahmad. A classmate from Edison High described him as quiet, mild-mannered, well-dressed, and "not abrasive, [but] funny" whenever he spoke.[70] In recent years, though, he seemed to be a "completely different person" who was more stern than before and less easygoing.[56][67][70] Also, in elementary school, Ahmad's teacher complained to Mohammad that his son was "act[ing] like a king in class". Ahmad broke a friend's nose while in junior high.[66]
While at Edison High, he started a relationship with a classmate from the Dominican Republic, which culminated in them having a daughter together in 2007, during Rahimi's senior year. According to people close to the Rahimis, this upset Mohammad Rahimi, who refused to meet his granddaughter or the mother, and had been disapproving of the relationship due to expectations that his son would marry a cousin in Afghanistan. In March 2008, after returning from his first trip in Pakistan, he moved in with his girlfriend's family and got a job at a Kmart store. Rahimi's girlfriend later ended the relationship and sued him for child support. This reportedly depressed Rahimi, who subsequently returned to his family, and damaged his relationship with his father.[66][71]
The Rahimi family had a history of disputes with the City of Elizabeth over their restaurant's operating hours, claiming that the city was discriminating against them because of their ethnicity and because they were Muslim.[37][62][72] They filed a lawsuit against the city in 2011, in which they alleged harassment and religious discrimination by police and officials who would force them to close early. Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said the longstanding issues were caused by a series of complaints from neighbors, who reported noise and large crowds gathering at the restaurant late at night. The city later barred all takeout restaurants, including the Rahimis', from operating past 10:00 p.m. In 2009, two of Rahimi's brothers were arrested for attempting to record a conversation with police, according to court papers.[66][73][74][75] Rahimi lived above the restaurant with his family.[67]
In July 2016, Rahimi passed the required background check and legally purchased the Glock 9 mm handgun he used in the shootout, from a licensed dealer in Salem, Virginia.[76]

Legal troubles[edit]

At one time, Rahimi was licensed to carry firearms. In August 2014, he, at that time living in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon in Union County. The charges arose from allegations that Rahimi had stabbed his brother in the leg, after the victim and another brother attempted to stop Rahimi from assaulting their mother and sister "for no apparent reason". Rahimi was reported by two of his siblings the next day and spent three months in the Union County Jail, but was reported to have bailed. A grand jurydeclined to make an indictment, and the charges were dropped on September 22.[67][68][77]
A "high-ranking law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation" said Rahimi had spent two additional days in jail, one in February 2012 for allegedly violating a restraining order, and another in October 2008 for failure to pay traffic tickets.[67]
Rahimi's father Mohammad had tried to contact the FBI about his son around August 2014, but two months later, Rahimi was cleared by the FBI. One reason cited was that Mohammad had stated that he was merely angry over the August domestic incident when he reported his son, so he had denied his previous statement.[13][77] In an interview with The New York Times, Mohammad claimed that he had seen his son watching videos made by al-Qaeda and the Taliban and asked him to stop. However, the FBI later said Mohammad never informed them of what he had seen.[41][66]
On September 20 — the day after his arrest — Rahimi's estranged ex-girlfriend, and the mother of his daughter, filed a petition in a New Jersey state court seeking full custody of the child, citing Rahimi as being a possible participant in "terrorist related activity" in New York City. She also filed to change her child's name, as well as to force the media not to contact her or her daughter. The petition for custody was granted the following day, though the request to change the daughter's name was denied, as was the request for media not to contact her, because "the court said it had no authority to grant the requests." Rahimi and the mother of his child had engaged in a long-running battle, as Rahimi owed her more than $3,000 in child support in 2015; she had previously gotten a restraining order against Rahimi.[78][79]

Overseas travels and return to U.S.[edit]

Rahimi, reportedly, went back to Afghanistan several times (including for an extended period starting in 2012), and "showed signs of radicalization" afterwards.[23][37][67] The trips were reportedly arranged by Rahimi's pious father, who was concerned about his son being "too Americanized".[71] Rahimi and members of his family also made several trips to Pakistan, where they had Afghan relatives living as refugees.[68][80] According to a family friend, Rahimi claimed that his father took away his passport while he was sleeping and left him alone in a foreign country.[69][71]
Rahimi and a brother spent several weeks in the cities of Quetta and nearby Kuchlak,[69][81] as well as Kandahar, Afghanistan. At Quetta, which is home to a large population of Afghan immigrants and some Taliban members-in-exile,[82] he was in an arranged marriage with a Pakistani woman,[42][62] believed to be his cousin,[69][71] in July 2011,[81] and had a son with her in 2014.[66][71] The son's fate is unknown.[62] Rahimi also went under the wing of a local radical cleric, according to a close relative in Afghanistan.[66] Following Rahimi's arrest, a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban said the group had no connection with him.[56]
In Kuchlak, Rahimi attended an Afghan-run Naqshbandi religious seminary closely associated with the Taliban movement, where he took lectures in Islamic education for three weeks. Rahimi remained in Pakistan from April 2013 to March 2014, and traveled to Afghanistan during the period.[81] Following his near-year-long stay in the region, he underwent additional screening. On both occasions, he stated that he visited family members and was cleared by immigration and customs officials.[38][62] The FBI did not find any signs of ties to terrorism during background checks.[38]
According to a childhood friend, Rahimi grew a beard, started wearing more religious clothing following his trips to Afghanistan, and began praying in the back of his family's restaurant.[70][74] When the mobile phone from West 27th Street was examined, investigators found that Rahimi had posted jihadist writings on various websites.[24] In addition, his handwritten journal was found, expressing a desire to become a martyr.[83] However, it was "not known whether he had any links to an overseas terror organization, or whether he had been inspired by such organizations and their propaganda efforts, as others have been."[37] One intelligence source said Rahimi may have been self-radicalized.[38]
In June 2016, Rahimi's wife left the United States,[84][85] planning to return September 21.[86] On September 19, following her husband's arrest, she was stopped by the United Arab Emirates authorities. Two days later, she returned to New York and was questioned by the investigators.[84] The wife was cooperative and not accused of wrongdoing.[87]

Events of September 18–19[edit]

Notice published by the New York FBI, before arrest

Manhunt[edit]

After stopping the five men on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, FBI agents and Elizabeth police searched Rahimi's home in the early morning of September 18.[37][62] The FBI asked for public assistance in detaining Rahimi for questioning in connection with the bombings in Manhattan and Seaside Park, as well as the attempted overnight bombing in Elizabeth.[37]
At 7:39 a.m. on September 19, the NYPD posted a "Wanted" poster of Rahimi on Twitter.[88] Seventeen minutes later, the Wireless Emergency Alert system was used to send an alert message to the mobile phones of millions of people in New York City, marking the first time New York City used the emergency alert to search for a named suspect.[88][89] The alert message read, "WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen."[89] Mayor de Blasio said, "Anyone who sees this individual or knows anything about him or his whereabouts needs to call it in right away."[80][88][90]
Authorities said that Rahimi might be armed and dangerous.[37][80][88][90] Law enforcement put him on some terror watchlists to prevent him from leaving the United States.[23]
Concurrently, authorities started searching Rahimi's home in Elizabeth. The New Jersey State Police released two tweets, one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 10:56 a.m., both stating that Rahimi was wanted in connection with the Seaside Park and Elizabeth bombs.[88]

Discovery, shootout, and arrest[edit]

At around 10:30 a.m., a Linden bar owner was in a deli across the street from his bar, watching CNN, when he saw a man sleeping in the bar's doorway. He recognized the man as Rahimi from news reports and called 9-1-1, saying "the guy looks a little suspicious and doesn't look good to me."[23][91] When Linden police arrived fifteen minutes later and awoke the man, the officers—who were subsequently identified as Angel Padilla, Peter Hammer, and Mark Kahana[92]—realized that the man was Rahimi.[37][61]
Officer Padilla ordered Rahimi to show his hands.[92] Rahimi disregarded the order,[92] retrieved a Glock 9 mm handgun,[76] and shot Padilla in the abdomen, striking the bulletproof vest.[92] Padilla returned fire and Rahimi fled, with police pursuing him.[37] Rahimi fired back indiscriminately.[59] He encountered Officer Hammer seated in his vehicle and fired into the windshield;[13] Hammer was grazed in the head and struck by flying glass, then shot in his hand. In addition, Officer Kahana experienced high blood pressure stemming from the incident.[92] None of the officers' injuries or conditions were serious.[23][59][80] During the shootout, Rahimi was shot at least seven times, hit in the liver[93] and an artery,[94] and sustained a shoulder wound.[23][37][59]
Rahimi was finally arrested, shortly before noon, and transported to University Hospital by ambulance.[23][37][52][59] He underwent numerous surgeries[95] and was in critical but stable condition.[61][96] The severity of Rahimi's injuries made his ultimate survival uncertain.[97] Officer Padilla was released from the hospital that night, and Officer Hammer was released the next day.[98]
Following Rahimi's arrest, investigators said there was "no indication" he was part of a broader terror cell,[61] nor that such a cell was "operating in the area."[75]Rahimi was said to be initially uncooperative during interrogations.[23]

Prosecution[edit]

State prosecution[edit]

On the night of September 19, Rahimi was charged in New Jersey Superior Court with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer in relation to the shootout in Linden. He was also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, both in relation to the handgun found in his possession.[38][59][75][99]
Under New Jersey state law, all criminal defendants are eligible for bail, until the law is modified in 2017.[100] Rahimi's bail was set at $5.2 million.[60]
On October 13, after a delay caused by his ongoing recovery from gunshot wounds, Rahimi appeared, by teleconference, in New Jersey State Court to plead innocent to the charges against him. Through his court-appointed attorney, Peter Liguori, he indicated that, contrary to prior reports, his official surname is Rahimi. Liguori stood by Rahimi's hospital bed throughout the hearing.[63][64][101]
On October 18, Rahimi was moved from the hospital to the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.[102] On November 10, ahead of hearings in his case, Rahimi was moved from the medical unit at Trenton State Prison to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.[103][104]
A hearing on pretrial motions in the state trial is set for May 2017. A number of motions have been filed by defense lawyers including one seeking a change of venue.[105]

Federal prosecution[edit]

On September 20, Rahimi was charged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, by criminal complaint, with four federal crimes including use of weapons of mass destruction (count one); bombing a place of public use (count two); destruction of property by means of fire or explosives (count three); and use of a destructive device during and in furtherance of a crime of violence (count four).[57] On the same day, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark charged him with use of a weapon of mass destruction (counts one and two), bombings of a place of public use and public transportation system (count three), and attempted destruction of property by means of fire or explosive (count four).[58][106]
On September 26, Rahimi's father and wife both retained the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to defend him on the federal charges. The ACLU will represent Rahimi until he is given a federal public defender or other lawyer.[107]
On November 10, Rahimi made an initial appearance in the Manhattan federal court to face terrorism charges. He did not enter a plea. The U.S. Attorney said that the defendant had been moved into federal custody in Manhattan. Rahimi's lawyer, David Patton, questioned if his client would get proper medical treatment at the new location. He explained that Rahimi had eight to ten surgeries, and that one of Rahimi's hands had not adequately healed. Also, he continued to suffer from an open wound as well as serious liver damage.[95][108] Federal authorities argued that Rahimi was well enough to be in regular custody.[109]
On November 16, Rahimi was indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on eight criminal counts including use of a weapon of mass destruction; attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; bombing a place of public use; destruction of property by means of fire or explosion; attempted destruction of property by means of fire or explosion; interstate transportation and receipt of explosives; use of a destructive device during, and in furtherance of, a crime of violence (two counts).[110] A day later, Rahimi pleaded not guilty on all of the charges before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman.[111] Trial is set to begin in the case on October 2, 2017.[112]
In April 2017, the defense team filed a motion for a change of venue, requesting that the trial be held in Burlington, Vermont. They argued that the extensive pre-trial publicity in New York would prevent their client from getting a fair trial in Manhattan.[113] The court denied this motion the following month.[114]
On October 16, 2017, Rahimi was found guilty of all eight charges in federal court in New York. [115]

Response[edit]

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VOA - A portion of Governor Cuomo's press conference
Governor Cuomo released a statement following the Manhattan bombing, saying, "We are closely monitoring the situation and urge New Yorkers to, as always, remain calm and vigilant."[1] The day following the bombing, Cuomo and de Blasio toured the damage together.[6]
Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's ambassador to the U.S., released a statement saying the Afghan government condemned the bombings and promising the country's cooperation with the investigation.[75]
In a statement, the Council on American–Islamic Relations welcomed the arrest of Rahimi, saying, "American Muslims, like all Americans, reject extremism and violence, and seek a safe and secure nation. Our nation is most secure when we remain united and reject the fear-mongering and guilt by association often utilized following such attacks."[75]
Security was boosted across New York City's five boroughs as a precaution.[16] Cuomo said that, while there was no ongoing threat, he would deploy 1,000 additional National Guard troopers and State Police officers to major commuter hubs during the United Nations General Assembly meeting which began when the bombings were unfolding.[6][23]
In the two days following the Manhattan bombing, the NYPD received 406 phone calls reporting suspicious packages in the city. None were found to contain bombs.[116]

See also[edit]

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December 5, 2016 Monday news Feds probing Chelsea bomb suspect's domestic terror ties to other radicals New York Post As a result, the government is seeking to keep evidence in the case under wraps includes “evidence of radicalization, attack planning, evidence relating to funding and financing, bomb building and communications methods, and evidence relating to ...Federal investigators suggested Monday they have their sights on other potential homegrown terrorists tied to ​accused Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi. see Chelsea NYC Seaside Eliazabeth NJ bomber Sep 19, 2016

September 21. 2016

Ex-CIA Director Porter Goss: Obama Team in 'La-La Land' on Terrorism Fight Newsmax Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 06:48 PM The Obama administration has been "inconsistent, unprepared and somewhat often in La-La Land" when it comes to dealing with Islamic terrorists both in this country and overseas, former director of the CIA Porter Goss tells Newsmax TV.  In an interview Tuesday with "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth, Goss, who also served as a GOP congressman from Florida, said suspected terrorist bomber Ahmad Rahami, apprehended after last weekend's bombings in New York City and New Jersey — and reportedly on the FBI's radar two years ago — could be considered an "enemy combatant." "If he is a terrorist that has sworn allegiance to another country or another flag — and that would be radical Islam — then I would treat him as an enemy combatant," he said.
"It's a crazy system we have," he added. "What has happened in 15 years since 9/11 we haven't sorted out a consistent way to deal with these people who are causing this problem for us."

September 20, 2016

Rahami's notebook mentions Boston bombers, Awlaki - cnn.com
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Authorities say New Jersey and New York bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami had a notebook that mentioned the Boston bombers and US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki

New York and New Jersey bomb suspect praised Al Qaeda leader ...
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In the notebook, Rahami describes his affinity for Awlaki, the American-born Islamic cleric who became a leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen. Awlaki was killed in a CIA drone ...

Rahami Carried Notebook Full of Pro-Al Qaeda ... - breitbart.com
www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/09/20/rahamis...
The official described the notebook as containing “ramblings about terrorists” and referring to al-Qaeda guru Anwar al-Awlaki, ... Rahami notebook .



Chelsea Bomber Hated Gays, According to the Mother of His Daughter: REPORT
Towleroad‎ - 2 hours agoMore news for rahami hated gays

Manhattan Jihadist Ahmad Rahami hated America and gays, had a ...
https://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/.../manhattan-jihadist-ahmad-rahami-hated-ame...
 Ahmad Rahami looks NOTHING like an Afghan. This man is of Egyptian or Saudi origin. Another fake refugee who used a fake passport to ...  used a fake passport to claim fake refugee status. Muslims are inbred and marry wihin the same communities, often cousins meaning their features are very distinct to specific regions, especially in contained and rigid societies like Afghanistan. This man is not an Afghan. They can do DNA on him. And why would he import a wife from Pakistan if he is Afghan?

EXCLUSIVE: Terror suspect was arrested for STABBING but a grand jury let him walk despite cop’s warning he was ‘a danger’ – as it’s revealed he was a deadbeat dad who hated America and gays

  • Criminal court documents show Ahmad Rahami was arrested for stabbing someone in the leg and possession of a firearm in 2014
  • Grand jury let him walk despite the arresting officer saying Rahami was likely ‘a danger to himself or others’ 
  • The 28-year-old suspected New York and New Jersey bomber was accused of attacking Nasim Rahami – it is not know how they are related
  • His former partner and mother of his daughter described Rahami as a deadbeat dad who failed to pay child support 
  • Maria, who was his high school sweetheart, says her ex would disappear to Afghanistan for months at a time and was critical of America 
  • She said he hated the U.S. military and homosexuals in Western culture
  • Friends described him as a ‘class clown’ who changed after a trip back to Afghanistan two years ago 
  • Rahami used a firearm when he was cornered by police on Monday morning in Linden, N.J. – two officers were injured in shoot-out 
  • He’s charged with five counts of attempted murder and two gun charges

By Alana Goodman In Elizabeth, New Jersey, For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:43, 19 September 2016 |


The 28-year-old man suspected of planting bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey over the weekend was previously arrested for stabbing a person in the leg and possession of a firearm in 2014, DailMail.com has learned.

But a grand jury let him walk, despite a warning from the arresting officer that Rahami was likely ‘a danger to himself or others.’
September 19, 2016



Bomb Suspect Rahami A Deadbeat, Hated America, Says His Daughter's Mother
Fox News‎  hated gays and took long trips to his homeland of Afghanistan, according to the mother of ...

Bombing suspect is a US-hating homophobe: baby mama
New York Post‎ -

ISLAMIST BOMBER RAHAMI Hated Gays, Bombed Gay District in NYC
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Ahmad Rahami also hated gays. He targeted the Chelsea district in New York City which has a large number of LGBT Americans. Chelsea ...

Bombing suspect is a US-hating homophobe: baby mama | New York ...
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New York Post18 hours ago - “How there weren't homosexuals in Afghanistan. ... He said Ahmad Rahami and a couple of other restaurant workers stopped talking to him ...

Ahmad Khan Rahami's Wife Left the US Just Days Before NY & NJ Bombings: Report 

"Authorities are working with officials in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates to get access to her.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, Accused NYC Bomber, Traveled to Pakistan ...
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The Daily Beast4 hours ago - Ahmad Khan Rahami was not on terror watch lists that would've ... to join Anwar al-Awlaki, an American cleric turned al Qaeda propagandist. raveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan several times without detection by the U.S. government, officials told The Daily Beast.
Rahami has made several trips to Pakistan over the past 10 years, Rahami came to the U.S. as a child in 1995 as the son of an Afghan asylum seeker, a U.S. official told The Daily Beast. xplosive devices track closely to what was suggested in al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine in an article titled, “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom.” The guide was written by Samir Khan, a U.S. citizen born in Saudi Arabia, who fled to Yemen to join Anwar al-Awlaki, an American cleric turned al Qaeda propagandist. Khan advised aspiring bomb-makers to make pipe bombs and link them together for greater effect, just as Rahami is alleged to have done hami’s motive is not yet known. However, one of Rahami’s brothers, Mohammad K. Rahami, posted a jihadi message to Facebook in 2013.
“I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life,” the image made by Ansar Al-Furquan read. The quote is from a companion of the Prophet Muhammad.New Jersey neighbor of the family told The New York Times that one of Ahmad Rahami’s brothers went to Afghanistan following a fight with a police officer

Wikipedia  2016 New York and New Jersey bombings - Wikipedia WikipediaOn September 17–18, 2016, there were three bombings in the New York metropolitan area, .... Police later theorized that the bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami, had thrown away the bombs in Elizabeth in an effort to hide the evidence because ...
Wikipedia Ahmad Khan Rahami Ahmad Khan Rahami (born January 23, 1988) is an Afghan-born American, who is currently the main suspect in the 2016 Manhattan bombing and 2016 New ...

Chelsea, Manhattan - Wikipedia  WikipediaChelsea is a neighborhood on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. ClubFly Chelsea: Gay bars, clubs, and a Google Map
GayCities New York Guide to Gay Bars & Clubs in Chelsea Gay villages in New York LGBT culture in New York City

Chelsea: One of NYC's premier neighborhoods
USA TODAY‎ - 1 day agoMore on the blast in New York City: NYC blast: ... The area still has a strong gay presence. ... Explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood.
NYC Bombing a Protest of Anti-LGBT Bias, or Is Claim a Hoax?
Advocate.com‎ - Police are investigating this among several claims about the explosion in the heavily LGBT Chelsea area. e two Tumblr posts, which were on a page with a rainbow flag and titles "I'm the NY Bomber," the city's Daily News reports. One read in part,  “I did it because I cannot stand society. I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are looked down upon by society.” The second post expressed reservations about taking lives.

Both were published Sunday, and the page was taken down this afternoon, the Daily News reports. Sources told the paper that police were speaking to local LGBT activists about the page.

The man who called 911 said, “I’m looking at the explosion down the block. There will be more,” the New York Post reports, citing law enforcement sources.



Pro-LGBT 'I am the New York bomber' Tumblr site is bogus, officials say
https://www.rawstory.com/.../pro-lgbt-i-am-the-new-york-bomber-tum...
The Raw Story13 hours ago - I did it because I cannot stand society. I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are ... The explosives detonated in New York City, that was me,” the post said. “Those were just some tests, I know where I have made errors and I will not make the same mistake next time.”

“I don’t know exactly how I feel about taking human lives. I suppose I’m just going to have to move forward knowing that what I am doing had a purpose and will in fact make a difference,” the writer concluded. An anonymous member of the investigative team told the AP that after checking out the website, officials concluded it was not relevant to the investigation.

NYC Bombing a Protest of Anti-LGBT Bias, or Is Claim a Hoax ...
www.advocate.com/.../nyc-bombing-protest-anti-lgbt-oppression-or-cla...
The Advocate15 hours ago - One read in part, “I did it because I cannot stand society. I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the ...

NYPD Vetting Tumblr Page Claiming to Be 'Manifesto' of Chelsea ...

www.towleroad.com/2016/09/chelsea-bomber/

Two posts were made on the site, which was titled “I’m the NY Bomber.” In one post, called “Manufacturing Test Explosives”, the author claimed to have undertaken the bombing for “homosexuals like myself” as social justice for anti-LGBTQ oppression.

Hi.
You probably have all seen the news by now,
the explosives detonated in New York City, that was me. Those were just some tests, I know where I have made errors and I will not make the same mistake next time.
I did it because I cannot stand society.
I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are looked down upon by society.
It is 2016 and we are still being viewed as mentally ill, sinners, attention seekers, and just plain weirdos in general. I am not going to stand by while under classed and underprivileged people are oppressed. (marxist) I am not going to stand by while there is inequality in my country such as the racism being seen in white police officers all over the country. I am not going to live in a country where it is OK to have a misogynist, xenophobic, racist Islamophobic(pro-muslim), republican candidate running for President of The United States! That’s implying that republicans in general should even be taken seriously as they are all cisgendered privileged white people.
This is not the end, this is just the beginning. I will be remembered. I will make a difference. I will eliminate my targets before it is too late.
The second post, called “Taking a human life”, ruminated further on the same topic.
I don’t know exactly how I feel about taking human lives
However, what I do know is that If I don’t do what needs to be done nobody will pay attention. LGBTQ+ people are much more likely to commit suicide than straight cisgendered people. It seems that nobody cares, however what if people from the LGBTQ+ community started lashing out in response to the violence and oppression we face with violence and possibly oppression? I’m sure that would give people a reason to not stand by while so many people are being oppressed. I suppose I’m just going to have to move forward knowing that what I am doing had a purpose and will in fact make a difference. I’ll keep you all posted.
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NYPD Vetting Tumblr Page Claiming to Be 'Manifesto' of Chelsea ...
www.towleroad.com/2016/09/chelsea-bomber/
20 hours ago - Another source said the NYPD is speaking to local LGBT activists for any clues about the webpage.” ... I did it because I cannot stand society.

Mysterious blog claims Chelsea bombing was for gay rights | New ...
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New York Post19 hours ago - ... Test Explosives," explains "I did it because I cannot stand society. [. ... is accompanied by the hashtags "#newyork #bombing #lgbt #lgbtpride ...

NYPD vetting Tumblr claiming to be Chelsea bomber 'manifesto' - NY ...
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New York Daily News19 hours ago - Another source said the NYPD is speaking to local LGBT activists for any clues about the webpage. ... “I did it because I cannot stand society.

LGBT blogger vows to 'eliminate targets' in chilling New York bomb ...
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Daily Express23 mins ago - 'I will eliminate my targets' LGBT blogger in chilling New York bomb 'confession' ... The writer claimed: “I did it because I cannot stand society.http://heavy.com/news/2016/09/ahmed-khan-rahami-wanted-poster-chelsea-23rd-street-bombing-explosion-suspect-name-photos-facebook-page-terrorist-tannerite/ both the 23rd street and 27th street bombs were filled with the same materials. The newspaper adds that both used the “commercially available compound called Tannerite.” An expert in the field of IEDs told the New York Times that:
Most of what we in the United States is a pipe bomb with black powder or smokeless powder or a simple hobby fuse. This would be the high-end of sophistication for IEDs in the United States.  ABC New York reports that investigators are still not sure if the Chelsea bomb was a pressure-cooker bomb. The station adds that the discovered pressure-cooker is “considered the best piece of evidence so far and the operating theory, which remains unproven, is the two incidents are related.”

Manhunt For Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28 |
Several people in custody following an FBI car stop on the Belt Parkway.  near the Verrazano Bridge Sunday evening.  The FBI called the NYPD for backup


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A surveillance photo shows the man the FBI has identified as Ahmad Rahami near the scene of the Chelsea blast. (New Jersey State Police)

Police Activity at Verrazano Bridge in NYC: What Is Known Now Heavy The FBI confirmed Sunday that a traffic stop on the Verrazano Bridge in NYC led to the questioning of five people in regards to Saturday’s bombing in Chelsea. Here’s what we know now.  Heavy:  New Jersey: Five men detained on the Belt Parkway at the #Verrazano Bridge. Weapons found in the SUV. 19 Sep 2016 Late on September 18, the New York Post reported that investigators had stopped a car near the Verrazano-Narrows bridge linking Staten Island to Brooklyn. Senator Marty Golden said on Instagram that the traffic stop was related to the bombing. The Post added that five people were taken into custody in the stop and were questioned in an FBI building in Manhattan.  The New York Times reports that the suspects were mostly from the same family and “may” have been headed to JFK Airport. According to NBC News, the five people are Rahami’s family members.

READ: Chelsea 23rd Street Bomber’s Tumblr Alleged Manifesto  A person claiming to be the Chelsea bomber detailed his plans in a Tumblr manifesto.  claiming to be the Chelsea bomber detailed his plans in a Tumblr manifesto. The ramblings were first picked up by PIX 11 reporter Mario Diaz in the hours after the September 17 explosion that injured nearly 30 people. The attack happened along the busy 23rd street at 6th Avenue in Manhattan. The person behind the Tumblr page wrote, "I’m the NY Bomber: This is will be my manifesto." There were two posts on the page, which has now been deleted. They are titled, "Taking a human life" and "Manufacturing Test Explosives." The person writes, "The explosives detonated in New York City, that was me. Those were just some tests, I know where I have made errors and I will not make the same mistake next time." The FBI is looking into the authenticity of blog.

September 18, 2016


After 'Craven' Bombing, Anger and Resolve in Chelsea | chelseanow ...
chelseanow.com/2016/09/after-craven-bombing-anger-and-resolve-in-chelsea/
16 hours ago - 18, 2016) | The bomb explosion at 8:30 p.m. last night in or near a dumpster in ... protest for the oppression of the LGBT community,” according to WPIX News, ... was not credible and was linked to a person in North Carolina.

Mayor de Blasio would not use the “T” word, but said, “We’re interested in giving confirmed facts. When we have those facts we’ll give them to you.”

Though the NPYD investigated a Tumblr posting from someone calling himself/herself the “NY Bomber,” who stated that the bombs were “a protest for the oppression of the LGBT community,” according to WPIX News, late on Sunday afternoon, police officials and the mayor’s office said they had determined that the manifesto was not credible and was linked to a person in North Carolina.