NY bomber de­tails un­fold, WMD charges

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA -

Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami vowed to mar­tyr him­self rather than be caught after set­ting off ex­plo­sives in New York and New Jersey, and he’d hoped in a hand­writ­ten jour­nal cham­pi­oning ji­had that “the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets,” author­i­ties said Tues­day as they filed fed­eral charges against him.

Crim­i­nal com­plaints in Man­hat­tan and New Jersey fed­eral courts pro­vided chill­ing de­scrip­tions of the mo­ti­va­tions that author­i­ties said drove the Afghan-born US cit­i­zen to set off ex­plo­sives in New York and New Jersey, in­clud­ing a bomb that in­jured more than two dozen peo­ple when it blew up on a busy Man­hat­tan street.

Mean­while, more de­tails emerged Tues­day about Ra­hami’s past, in­clud­ing the dis­clo­sure that the FBI had looked into him in 2014 but came up with noth­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the court com­plaint, Ra­hami’s jour­nal in­cluded a pas­sage that said: “You (USA Govern­ment) con­tinue your (un­in­tel­li­gi­ble) slaught(er)” against the mu­jahideen, or holy war­riors, in Afghanistan and else­where.

“Death to your op­pres­sion,” the jour­nal ended.

One por­tion ex­pressed con­cern at the prospect of be­ing caught be­fore be­ing able to carry out a sui­cide at­tack and the de­sire to be a mar­tyr, the com­plaint said. Still an­other sec­tion in­cluded a ref­er­ence to “pipe bombs” and a “pres­sure cooker bomb” and de­clared: “In the streets they plan to run a mile,” an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to one of the blast sites, a charity run in a New Jersey shore town.

There also were lauda­tory ref­er­ences to Osama bin Laden, An­war al-Awlaki — the Amer­i­can-born Mus­lim cleric who was killed in a 2011 drone strike and whose preach­ing has in­spired other acts of vi­o­lence — and Ni­dal Hasan, the former Army of­fi­cer who went on a deadly shoot­ing ram­page in 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas, the com­plaint said.

Fed­eral agents would like to ques­tion Ra­hami. But Rep Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, who re­ceived a clas­si­fied brief­ing from the FBI, said Ra­hami was not co­op­er­at­ing, but that could also be a re­flec­tion of his in­juries.


New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio meets with cus­tomers at Mal­ibu Diner in Chelsea, three days after an ex­plo­sion in the neigh­bor­hood wounded 29 in the Man­hat­tan bor­ough of New York on Tues­day.

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