NY bomb suspect charged with attempted murder
NEW YORK: An Afghan-born American was charged yesterday with attempted murder after being shot and captured in connection with bombings in New York and New Jersey, thrusting security fears into the heart of the election.
Saturday’s attacks, which woun d e d 29 people in Manhattan and cancelled a US Marine Corps race in New Jersey, came on the same day that a SomaliAmerican with possible links to the Islamic State (IS) group went on a stabbing rampage in Minnesota, wounding nine.
President Barack Obama, in New York at the UN General Assembly with world leaders, called on Americans “not to succumb to fear” as presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred over how best to combat terror attacks.
Obama stressed that investigators saw no connection between the East Coast bombings and the Minnesota stabbings.
Ahmad Khan Rahami (pix), 28, was apprehended on Monday after he was wounded in a shootout with police.
He has been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and on two unlawful weapon possession counts, officials said. – AFP