The FBI has released the above photo of Ahmad Khan Rahami, along with more information about 28-year-old Rahami. According to the FBI, Ahmad is the person that the FBI wants to talk to in connection with the explosion that was captured on video on 23rd Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, as reported by The Inquisitr.
Already on social media sites like Facebook, searches for “Ahmad Khan” and #ahmadkhan have garnered nearly 250,000 searches. Some on Facebook joke that the first thing they did was search for Rahami on their Tinder profile. Others are searching Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for Ahmad’s social media profile to discover if Rahami had any online manifesto rants.
The full details that the FBI has listed about Rahami are quoted below.
“The FBI is asking for assistance in locating Ahmad Khan Rahami. Rahami is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion that occurred on September 17, 2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the vicinity of 135 West 23rd Street, New York, New York.
“Details: The FBI is asking for assistance in locating Ahmad Khan Rahami. Rahami is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion that occurred on September 17, 2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the vicinity of 135 West 23rd Street, New York, New York.
“Rahami is a 28-year-old United States citizen of Afghan descent born on January 23, 1988, in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is about 5′ 6” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair.
“SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
“Submit a Tip: If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.”
Now that there is a photo of Rahami making the rounds online and on TV, people in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and well beyond know whom to search for in connection with the explosion from Saturday evening.
Ahmad is believed to be the New York bombing suspect, reports The Guardian, with Rahami thought to be the person who set off the explosion that hurt at least 29 people that night. It is not known if Rahami is also the person who left a pressure cooker device close by the initial explosion — as reported by the Inquisitr — a device that was later detonated by police.
However, with Ahmad being identified as a person of interest by the FBI — one who is considered armed and dangerous — Rahami is likely a certain suspect in the Chelsea bombing due to the authorities taking the extraordinary step of releasing Ahmad’s photo to the public.
Previously, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo reported that the bombing in Chelsea might have had a “foreign link” — and now that details of Rahami’s birthplace have been listed along with Ahmad’s photo, Cuomo appears to have been correct on the onset.
With the FBI actively looking for Rahami — and now having the general public on the lookout for Ahmad due to Rahami’s photo being released to the public — it could be only a matter of minutes before Ahmad is captured.
Rahami’s last verified living location was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and it is noteworthy that a recent pipe bomb also was discovered in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Authorities have narrowed their focus on Rahami for the Chelsea explosion, reports WABC-TV, without mentioning other explosive devices. The FBI wanted poster with Ahmad’s name only lists the Chelsea bombing information.
The undated photo of Ahmad that was provided to the public by the FBI shows a blurry Rahami, looking straight forward at the camera. Whether the FBI or the New York Police Department will release any additional photos of Ahmad — or whether online sleuths will find more photos of Rahami — remains to be seen.
Either way, Rahami is wanted so that police can talk with Ahmad about the New York City explosion from Saturday, September 17.
[Featured Image by FBI/AP Images]