Bomb sus­pect charged with at­tempted mur­der

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN Afghan-born Amer­i­can has been charged 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.

The Septem­ber 17 at­tacks, which wounded 29 peo­ple in Man­hat­tan and can­celled a US Marine Corps race in New Jer­sey, came on the same day that a So­mali-Amer­i­can with pos­si­ble links to the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist group went on a stab­bing ram­page in Min­nesota, wound­ing nine peo­ple.

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.

Mr Obama stressed that in­ves­ti­ga­tors saw no con­nec­tion be­tween the East Coast bomb­ings and the Min­nesota stab­bings, where po­lice said the as­sailant made “some ref­er­ences to Al­lah” in car­ry­ing out the at­tack.

Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami, 28, was spot­ted by a po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter a tipoff out­side a bar in Lin­den, New Jer­sey, around three hours af­ter the FBI re­leased his mugshot and de­scribed him as “armed and dan­ger­ous”.

When the of­fi­cer ap­proached the sus­pect, he im­me­di­ately whipped out a hand­gun and shot the of­fi­cer in the torso, hit­ting his pro­tec­tive vest, said act­ing Union County prose­cu­tor Grace Park.

In a sub­se­quent po­lice shootout, Ra­hami was shot mul­ti­ple times out­side an auto re­pair shop sev­eral blocks west of the bar, she said.

Nei­ther the first of­fi­cer nor a sec­ond hit in the head by a frag­ment of bul­let suf­fered life-threat­en­ing in­juries, the prose­cu­tor said.

Ra­hami was charged with five counts of at­tempted mur­der of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer and on two un­law­ful weapon pos­ses­sion counts, Ms Park an­nounced. A judge set bail at US$5.2 mil­lion. –

Photo: EPA

The poster the FBI is­sued for 28-year-old Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami for his al­leged in­volve­ment in the New York bomb­ing three hours be­fore his ar­rest.

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