NY mayor says man could be ‘armed and dan­ger­ous’

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Author­i­ties in the US were last night search­ing for a nat­u­ralised cit­i­zen from Afghanistan for ques­tion­ing about the ex­plo­sion in a Man­hat­tan neigh­bour­hood that in­jured 29 peo­ple.

As gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo con­ceded that in­ves­ti­ga­tors could no longer rule out in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism, the man sought for ques­tion­ing was iden­ti­fied as 28-year-old Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami (pic­tured).

New York mayor Bill de Bla­sio said he could be armed and dan­ger­ous.

“We need to get this guy in right away,” de Bla­sio said on CNN. “My ex­pe­ri­ence is once the FBI ze­roes in on some­one, they will get them.”

Cuomo had said on Sun­day that there was no ev­i­dence to sug­gest that the bomb­ing was re­lated to in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism, but he ap­peared to back track yes­ter­day, say­ing: “In­for­ma­tion sug­gests it may be for­eign re­lated, but we’ll see where it goes.”

Author­i­ties were still work­ing to de­ter­mine whether there is a con­nec­tion be­tween mul­ti­ple ex­plo­sive de­vices found over the week­end in two states: the Man­hat­tan ex­plo­sion, an un­ex­ploded pres­sure cooker de­vice blocks away, a pipe bomb blast at a Jer­sey shore town and five ex­plo­sive de­vices at a New Jer­sey train sta­tion.

On Sun­day, FBI agents in Brook­lyn stopped “a ve­hi­cle of in­ter­est” in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Man­hat­tan ex­plo­sion, ac­cord­ing to FBI spokes­woman Kelly Langmesser.

She wouldn’t pro­vide fur­ther de­tails, but a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial and a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial who were briefed on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said that five peo­ple in the car were be­ing ques­tioned at an FBI build­ing in Man­hat­tan.

No one has been charged with any crime, and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing, Langmesser said.

Cuomo, tour­ing the site of Saturday’s blast that in­jured 29 peo­ple in Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea district, said the un­ex­ploded pres­sure cooker de­vice ap­peared “sim­i­lar in de­sign” to the bomb that ex­ploded in Chelsea, but he didn’t pro­vide de­tails.

A fed­eral law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said the Chelsea bomb con­tained a residue of tan­ner­ite, an ex­plo­sive of­ten used for tar­get prac­tice that can be picked up in many sport­ing goods stores. The dis­cov­ery of tan­ner­ite may be im­por­tant as author­i­ties probe whether the two New York City de­vices and the pipe bomb at the Jer­sey shore 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.

The pipe bomb ex­ploded on Saturday in Sea­side Park, New Jer­sey, be­fore a char­ity 5K race to ben­e­fit Marines and sailors. The race was can­celled and no one was in­jured.

Late on Sun­day, five 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. One of the de­vices ex­ploded as a bomb squad used a ro­bot to try to dis­arm it.

There was no im­me­di­ate word on whether the de­vices were sim­i­lar to those in nearby Sea­side Park or New York City.

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