Bombing suspect captured in police shootout
> In custody hours after publicly being identified
NEW YORK: A suspect wanted in connection with a New York bombing is in detention after his capture in Linden, New Jersey, a local official has confirmed.
Linden Mayor Derek Armstead tweeted that Ahmad Khan Rahami, (pix), 28, a naturalised US citizen from Afghanistan, was taken into custody in the town.
Ahmad Khan was wounded and has begun receiving medical treatment after a shoot-out that left two police officers wounded, broadcaster NBC News reported, citing authorities.
He was named by the FBI as wanted for questioning in relation to a bombing that wounded 29 people late Saturday in New York’s fashionable Chelsea neighbourhood.
A second bomb was uncovered by police four blocks away and defused safely, before being sent to the FBI in Virginia for forensic examination.
Both bombs were pressure cookers filled with shrapnel and made with flip phones, Christmas lights and explosive compounds, The New York Times reported on Sunday, citing law enforcement officials.
FBI agents stopped “a vehicle of interest in the investigation” of the Chelsea explosion on Sunday night, according to FBI spokesman Kelly Langmesser.
Five people have been detained and are being questioned as part of an investigation into the Chelsea explosion that damaged buildings, shattered glass and sent shrapnel flying.
She would not provide further details, but a government official and a law enforcement source said that five people in the car were being questioned by the FBI.
No one has been charged with any crime and the investigation is continuing, Langmesser said.
Late on Sunday, more suspicious devices were found near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said the devices were found in a bag in a rubbish bin by two men who reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package.
Five devices were discovered in the bag in which one exploded when a bomb squad robot accidentally cut the wrong wire while trying to disarm it. No injuries were reported.
On Sunday, a federal law enforcement official said the Chelsea bomb contained a residue of Tannerite, an explosive often used for target practice.
The discovery of Tannerite may be important as authorities probe whether the three incidents are connected.
Mobile phones were discovered at the site of both bombings, but no Tannerite residue was identified in the New Jersey bomb remnants, in which a black powder was detected, said the official.
Authorities said the Chelsea bombing and New Jersey pipe bomb did not appear to be connected, although they were not ruling anything out. – AFP/The Independent
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