Po­lice cap­ture bomb­ings sus­pect

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

NEW YORK (AP): N AFGHAN im­mi­grant wanted for ques­tion­ing in the bomb­ings that rocked a New York City neigh­bour­hood and a New Jer­sey shore town was cap­tured yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing wounded in a shoot-out with po­lice that erupted when he was dis­cov­ered asleep in the door­way of a New Jer­sey bar, au­thor­i­ties said.

WABC-TV footage showed a man be­lieved to be 28-yearold Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami be­ing loaded into an am­bu­lance on a stretcher in Lin­den, New Jer­sey. He ap­peared to be con­scious and look­ing around.

Two of­fi­cers were wounded in the gun bat­tle but were not be­lieved to have been se­ri­ously hurt, au­thor­i­ties said.

Lin­den Mayor Derek Arm­stead said that the owner of a bar re­ported some­one asleep in the door­way of his busi­ness. A po­lice of­fi­cer went to in­ves­ti­gate and recog­nised the man as Ra­hami, po­lice and the mayor said.

Ra­hami pulled a gun and shot the of­fi­cer – who was wear­ing a bul­let­proof vest – in the torso, and more of­fi­cers joined in a run­ning gun bat­tle down the street and brought Ra­hami down,

AAh­mad Khan Ra­hami is taken into cus­tody af­ter a shootout with po­lice yes­ter­day, in Lin­den, NJ. Ra­hami was wanted for ques­tion­ing in the bomb­ings that rocked the Chelsea neigh­bor­hood of New York and the New Jer­sey shore town of Sea­side Park.

po­lice Cap­tain James Sar­nicki said.

The ar­rest came just hours af­ter po­lice is­sued a bul­letin and photo of Ra­hami, a nat­u­ralised US cit­i­zen from

Afghanistan with an ad­dress in El­iz­a­beth, New Jer­sey.

Au­thor­i­ties said the blasts were look­ing in­creas­ingly like an act of ter­ror­ism with a for­eign con­nec­tion.

Po­lice did not dis­close how they ze­roed in on Ra­hami as a per­son of in­ter­est in the bomb­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion but were known to be por­ing over sur­veil­lance video. At the same time, five peo­ple who were pulled over in a ve­hi­cle Sun­day night were be­ing ques­tioned by the FBI, of­fi­cials said.

The shoot-out came af­ter a week­end of fear and dread in New York and New Jer­sey.

In ad­di­tion to the blast that in­jured 29 peo­ple in Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea neigh­bour­hood on Satur­day, an un­ex­ploded pres­sure cooker bomb was found blocks away, and a pipe bomb ex­ploded in a New Jer­sey shore town be­fore a char­ity race. No one was in­jured there. On Sun­day, five ex­plo­sive de­vices were dis­cov­ered in a trash can at an El­iz­a­beth train sta­tion.

Also on Satur­day, a man who au­thor­i­ties say re­ferred to Al­lah wounded nine peo­ple in a stab­bing ram­page at a Min­nesota mall be­fore be­ing shot dead by an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer. The Is­lamic State group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Au­thor­i­ties have not drawn any con­nec­tion be­tween the vi­o­lence in Min­nesota and the bomb­ings in the New York area.

Cit­ing the FBI, New Jer­sey State Po­lice said Mon­day that the bomb­ings in Chelsea and the New Jer­sey shore town Sea­side Park were con­nected.

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