Bomb sus­pect hit with ter­ror charges

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE United States charged an Afghan­born US sus­pect on mul­ti­ple ter­ror counts in con­nec­tion with bomb at­tacks in New York and New Jer­sey and other planted de­vices.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami, 28, car­ried out the Septem­ber 17 bomb­ings in Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea neigh­bour­hood and along the route of a US Ma­rine Corps run in New Jer­sey, which aborted the race.

The 13-page in­dict­ment slapped him with four charges, in­clud­ing use of weapons of mass destruc­tion, bomb­ing a place of pub­lic use and destruc­tion of prop­erty by means of fire or ex­plo­sives.

A to­tal of 31 peo­ple were wounded in the Chelsea at­tack, in­clud­ing a vic­tim from Bri­tain, a driver knocked un­con­scious and a woman who had ball bear­ings, metal and wood re­moved from her body, it said.

The bomb was a pres­sure cooker de­vice packed with ball bear­ings and steel nuts, placed in a dump­ster and det­o­nated by a timed de­vice – sim­i­lar to a sec­ond bomb dis­cov­ered four blocks away.

The in­dict­ment said five pipe bombs found in Ra­hami’s home­town of El­iz­a­beth, and from the sec­ond de­vice safely de­fused in Chelsea, were cov­ered in the sus­pect’s fin­ger­prints.

Sur­veil­lance footage also put him in Chelsea, and Ra­hami bought the ingredients for the bombs from eBay over the sum­mer, pros­e­cu­tors said.

He had a so­cial me­dia ac­count un­der the name yaafghankid786, two ji­hadi videos and a hand­writ­ten jour­nal that lauded Osama bin Laden.

A video re­cov­ered from the cell­phone of a rel­a­tive also showed Ra­hami ig­nit­ing an in­cen­di­ary de­vice two days be­fore the bomb­ings near his home in El­iz­a­beth.

Ra­hami was shot and cap­tured on Septem­ber 19 in Lin­den, New Jer­sey, just four hours af­ter the FBI re­leased his mugshot and sent an emergency cell­phone alert to mil­lions of peo­ple.

He has also been charged in New Jer­sey with un­law­ful weapon pos­ses­sion and five counts of at­tempted mur­der of a po­lice of­fi­cial.

Ra­hami, who was op­er­ated on af­ter sus­tain­ing mul­ti­ple bul­let wounds, is in “crit­i­cal but sta­ble” con­di­tion, po­lice said. –

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