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Bombing suspect Rahami charged with five counts of attempted murder

A town resident reportedly saw Rahami sleeping in the entryway of a bar and alerted police.
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    Ahmad Khan Rahami should be "considered armed and dangerous," the FBI warned.

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A police shootout in Linden, New Jersey, late Monday morning ended with bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in police custody, officials said.

Rahami, 28, was charged later in the day with five counts of attempted murder and two gun charges in the shootout, CBS News reported. He is still awaiting federal charges, the networkreported.

News footage shows Rahami on a stretcher and being put into an ambulance. Reports of the skirmish say two officers were shot and Rahami was hit in the arm. A third officer involved in the shooting was hospitalized for heart palpitations. All of the injured are expect to survive, according to reports.

Rahami was found by a resident sleeping in a vestibule of a bar, according to reports. When police arrived Rahami allegedly opened fire.

The investigation into Rahami's possible terrorist inculcation revealed that he had traveled to Afghanistan multiple times in the last few years, police said.

An alert was issued on Monday morning for Rahami, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent. Rahami is a suspect in the Chelsea bombing and a New Jersey explosion. He is also suspected of being responsible for five pipe bombs discovered in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Sunday 500 feet from a train station.

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Officials believe that Rahami is the man seen in security surveillance footage recorded near the Chelsea explosion and a few blocks away where a pressure-cooker explosive device was discovered.

FIngerprints found on the unexploded pressure-cooker bomb led investigators to identify Rahami. Police are searching a home in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where Rahami reportedly lives.


According to CNN, law enforcement believes that the bombs and explosions in New York and New Jersey over the weekend might be the work of a terror cell working in those areas.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomotold “CBS This Morning”that he believes “it was clearly a terrorist activity.”

“Prosecutors will be careful because they want to make sure they have all of the elements of a crime, but you set off two bombs in New York City, Charlie, that is terrorism," Cuomo told host Charlie Rose before Rahami was named as a suspect. "It’s with an intent to cause damage and danger and intimidate a civilian population, so that, by definition, is terrorism.

“What we didn’t know yesterday and we don’t know yet is, is anyone taking credit and is it linked to international terrorism? We hadn’t heard from ISIS, et cetera, we didn’t have a suspect who was from foreign origin, so that was the open question.”

The mayor of Elizabeth town said earlier that the devices found in Elizabeth are related to the bomb and the explosion in Chelsea on Saturday, media reports said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also said it is "leaning that way" when asked if these events are related to terrorism.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


If you are in New York, you most likely got an alert on your phone.


There have been warnings of other suspicious packages in places like Rutgers University and a package that has been cleared in Union Square.


 

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