Bomber gets mul­ti­ple life sen­tences

Kingston Whig-Standard - - WORLD NEWS - LARRY NEUMEISTER

NEW YORK — A man who set off small bombs in two states, in­clud­ing a pres­sure cooker de­vice that blasted shrap­nel across a New York City block, was sen­tenced Tues­day to mul­ti­ple terms of life in prison.

Ah­mad Khan Rahimi, a nat­u­ral­ized U.S. cit­i­zen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jer­sey, in­jured 30 peo­ple when one of his bombs ex­ploded in Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea neigh­bour­hood on a Septem­ber night in 2016. A sec­ond bomb planted nearby did not det­o­nate.

That blast hap­pened just hours af­ter a small pipe bomb ex­ploded along a Marine Corps road race in Sea­side Heights, N.J., fright­en­ing par­tic­i­pants but in­jur­ing no one.

The bomb­ings trig­gered a two­day man­hunt that ended in a shootout with po­lice in Lin­den, New Jer­sey. Rahimi was shot sev­eral times.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said in court pa­pers that Rahimi has not shown re­morse and had tried to rad­i­cal­ize fel­low pris­on­ers at the fed­eral jail in New York where he has been im­pris­oned since his ar­rest.

“He is proud of what he did, scorn­ful of the Amer­i­can jus­tice sys­tem, and as ded­i­cated as ever to his ter­ror­ist ide­ol­ogy,” they wrote.

Rahimi, given a chance to speak at his sen­tenc­ing, said: “I don’t har­bour hate for any­one.”

Rahimi, pros­e­cu­tors said, gave in­mates copies of ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda and ji­hadist ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing speeches and lec­tures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and An­war al-Awlaki, a U.S.born cleric who in­spired at­tacks on Amer­ica and was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Septem­ber 2011.

Rahimi also al­lowed some in­mates to view ma­te­ri­als on his lap­top or pro­vided elec­tronic copies as he spread The Book of Ji­had, bomb-mak­ing in­struc­tions and var­i­ous is­sues of a pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine.

De­fence at­tor­ney Xavier Don­ald­son said that Rahimi had once as­pired to be a po­lice of­fi­cer and worked as a se­cu­rity guard af­ter study­ing crim­i­nal jus­tice at a com­mu­nity col­lege.

“It was Mr. Rahimi’s be­lief that he could help peo­ple while em­ployed in a po­si­tion that would guar­an­tee him some type of pen­sion,” Don­ald­son wrote.

While im­pris­oned, Rahimi has com­pleted classes in busi­ness, en­trepreneur­ship and drama, Don­ald­son wrote.

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Ah­mad Khan Rahimi was sen­tenced to mul­ti­ple life life sen­tences for set­ting off bombs in New York State and New Jer­sey in 2016 that in­jured 30 peo­ple.

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