Sus­pect held

Bomb­ing sus­pect cap­tured af­ter shootout in New Jersey

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS - By CHINA DAILY in New York

The man sus­pected of plant­ing bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the week­end has been ar­rested and charged on five counts of at­tempted mur­der.

Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami, 28, was ar­rested just hours af­ter mil­lions of area res­i­dents re­ceived an au­to­mated alert on their cell phones, with a photo of Ra­hami, de­scrib­ing him as “armed and dan­ger­ous.”

Around 10:30 am, Ra­hami was spot­ted sleep­ing in the door­way of a bar in Lin­den, New Jersey.

A shootout with po­lice in­jured one po­lice of­fi­cer in the hand and an­other in his bul­let­proof vest, be­fore Ra­hami was shot in the shoul­der and loaded onto a stretcher.

“Folks around here, they don’t get scared. They are tough, they are re­silient, they go about their busi­ness ev­ery sin­gle day,” US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said on Mon­day on the side­lines of the an­nual meet­ing of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

In­ter­views with res­i­dents and tourists in the city backed up his re­marks.

Kim Lit­tle­field, a real estate agent who lives on We s t 23rd di­rectly across the street from the site of the ex­plo­sion, said she was shocked, but not at all wor­ried or scared.

“My chances of get­ting hit by an MTA bus are way higher than ter­ror­ism,” she said.

Her re­laxed view didn’t change the fact that her block was still be­ing treated as an ac­tive crime scene, with more than 20 NYPD of­fi­cers on pa­trol. Res­i­dents had to present ID and be es­corted by an of­fi­cer to en­ter or leave the area.

Of­fi­cials said that sur­veil­lance video from the Chelsea area caught Ra­hami plant­ing both the bomb that ex­ploded on 23rd Street and an­other four blocks away that did not det­o­nate.

Po­lice said they be­lieve Ra­hami is also con­nected to a back­pack full of pipe bombs found in El­iz­a­beth, New Jersey.

“We have ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve this was an act of ter­ror,” New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said ear­lier to­day.

An FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ra­hami’s back­ground and pos­si­ble mo­ti­va­tion are still on­go­ing. Po­lice iden­ti­fied Ra­hami as a nat­u­ral­ized ci­ti­zen from Afghanistan.

Ac­cord­ing to The New York Times, his neigh­bors said that he trav­eled back to his home­land sev­eral years ago. No links to ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tions have yet been iden­ti­fied by in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Kely Bauer, an in­vest­ment banker from Brazil, heard about the bomb ex­plo­sions a few hours be­fore she boarded an air­plane for New York. Fifty hours later, she was tak­ing pic­tures of an Amer­i­can flag on Times Square with a smile on her face.

“I can’t say I wasn’t wor­ried,” she said, “but I still be­lieve it is safe here in New York, es­pe­cially for some­one like me, you know, com­ing from Brazil.”

XIN­HUA

Se­cu­rity has been stepped up across New York City in prepa­ra­tion for the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly and fol­low­ing the bomb­ing on Satur­day night.

Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami, NYC bomb­ing sus­pect

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