Bomb suspect charged with attempted murder
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. –
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.