NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is believed to be behind the terrifying Saturday bombings that took place in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood as well as at a New Jersey Marine Corps run event, has reportedly been arrested. The arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection to the NYC bombing and the explosion in New Jersey went down early on Monday, and it reportedly involved a shootout that injured multiple officers.
As CNN reports, NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody in Linden, New Jersey, following a violent altercation with law enforcement. It is unclear at this time exactly how many law enforcement officers were injured in the reported exchange or what agencies they may have been working with. It has been reported that Ahmad Khan Rahami was also injured in the shootout; he was reportedly seen being removed from the scene via an ambulance after having been moved to the vehicle on a stretcher.
The extent of the injuries suffered by NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami is unknown at this time.
Ahmad Khan Rahami was announced as a suspect in the NYC bombing as well as an explosion in New Jersey on Monday, and when his name and likeness were made public, Facebook was overwhelmed with searches for his name. Ahmad Khan Rahami is also believed to have been connected to five pipe bomb-type devices found in New Jersey late on Sunday. Those devices were found near a train station in Elizabeth, and they were reportedly detonated at the scene. While there has been some confusion as to whether the New Jersey pipe bombs exploded in a controlled detonation or on their own, nobody was hurt in that incident.
Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said on Sunday that the bombs found in his city could have “certainly killed or injured many” under the right circumstances.
So far, New Jersey has been relatively lucky with regard to this weekend’s attacks. While the NYC bombing on Saturday injured 29 innocent bystanders, so far no injuries have been reported in New Jersey from the bombing attack on Saturday or the detonation of the pipe bombs on Sunday night.
NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami is believed to have played a role in all of the recent bombings in NYC and New Jersey, according to state and federal agents. However, at this point in the investigation, the precise nature of his involvement is not entirely known, and he is innocent until proven guilty.
While most politicians and members of the media have shied away from calling the weekend’s NYC and New Jersey explosions “terrorism,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has shown no such restraint. According to Governor Cuomo, the bombing in NYC was “clearly” terrorism. That would make NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami a potential terrorist.
“A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism. A bomb going off is generically a terrorist activity. That’s how we’ll consider it. And that’s how we will prosecute it.”
Prior to the arrest of NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, his photograph and some identifying personal information were made public in an attempt to locate him and get him into custody. As BBC News reports, prior to this morning’s shootout and his subsequent arrest, NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was described as a 28-year-old U.S. citizen of Afghani descent.
Prior to his capture, Ahmad Khan Rahami’s home, which is in Elizabeth, New Jersey (the same city where the backpack full of pipe bombs was found on Sunday), was extensively searched by FBI agents.
At this point, details of this breaking news story are still coming in. Stay with the Inquisitr for the latest updates on the capture of the NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami.
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