Bomb­ing sus­pect cap­tured in po­lice shootout

> In cus­tody hours af­ter publicly be­ing iden­ti­fied

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

Peo­ple watch as res­cuers search the stricken boat in Ayut­thaya on Sun­day.

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