Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested Monday after a shootout with New Jersey Police and FBI agents.
He’s believed to be responsible for a collection of terrorist bombings in Manhattan — including the Chelsea pressure cooker explosion that left 29 people injured over the weekend — and several bombings in New Jersey. Rahami was identified on surveillance video filmed as he planted the bombs in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, only one of which actually detonated. He was spotted by a local resident who called police after seeing him sleeping in a doorway of a local business.
The Afghani native was arrested after being wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey, near a restaurant allegedly owned by his family.
The 28-year-old suspect was shot in the exchange along with two police officers, one with non life-threatening injuries and the second hit by glass shrapnel. All were taken to a local hospital.
Rahami is described as a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan living with his family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where there is also a large Jewish community.
It’s still not clear whether there are other suspects being investigated in connection with the bombings, officials have said. But New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN on Monday morning, “I would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act.”
Hana Levi Julian