Chelsea bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami left behind 'rambling' note

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When bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was captured, he was carrying a notebook containing a "rambling" missive that praised a slain Al-Qaeda leader and mentioned several deadly terror attacks, NBC News learned Tuesday.

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It was "a hodgepodge, a rambling, disconnected, choppy series of references to past events," a law enforcement official said.

The note referenced the deadly Fort Hood shooting as well as slain Al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, the official said.

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Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, is seen in this image released by the New Jersey State Police on September 19, 2016. Courtesy New Jersey State Police/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, is seen in this image taken from video, released by the New Jersey State Police on September 19, 2016. Courtesy New Jersey State Police/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Law enforcement officers mark evidence near the site where Ahmad Khan Rahami, sought in connection with a bombing in New York, was taken into custody in Linden, New Jersey, U.S., September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Law enforcement officers mark evidence near the site where Ahmad Khan Rahami, sought in connection with a bombing in New York, was taken into custody in Linden, New Jersey, U.S., September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Law enforcement officers secure the area where they allegedly arrested terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami following a shootout in Linden, New Jersey, on September 19, 2016. The FBI led a major manhunt Monday for an 'armed and dangerous' Afghan-born American wanted in connection with weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey as a third nest of bombs was discovered in his hometown. Federal investigators released a mugshot of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who has brown hair, brown eyes and a brown beard, saying he was last known to live in Elizabeth, a town adjacent to Newark International Airport. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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ELIZABETH, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: A local police officer stands guard at an intersection as members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement officials investigate a residence in connection to Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan on September 19, 2016 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This morning law enforcement released a photograph of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they are seeking in connection to the attack in Chelsea. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Onlookers watch while Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) personnel search an address during an investigation into Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was wanted for questioning in an explosion in New York, which authorities believe is linked to the explosive devices found in New Jersey, in Elizabeth, U.S., September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
ELIZABETH, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement officials investigate a residence in connection to Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan on September 19, 2016 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This morning law enforcement released a photograph of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they are seeking in connection to the attack in Chelsea. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ELIZABETH, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement officials investigate a residence in connection to Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan on September 19, 2016 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This morning law enforcement released a photograph of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they are seeking in connection to the attack in Chelsea. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ELIZABETH, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement officials work near a residence they are investigating in connection to Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan on September 19, 2016 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This morning law enforcement released a photograph of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they are seeking in connection to the attack in Chelsea. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ELIZABETH, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement officials investigate a residence in connection to Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan on September 19, 2016 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This morning law enforcement released a photograph of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they are seeking in connection to the attack in Chelsea. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ELIZABETH, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: A local police officer stands guard at an intersection as members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement officials investigate a residence in connection to Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan on September 19, 2016 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This morning law enforcement released a photograph of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they are seeking in connection to the attack in Chelsea. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ELIZABETH, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement officials investigate a residence in connection to Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan on September 19, 2016 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This morning law enforcement released a photograph of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they are seeking in connection to the attack in Chelsea. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Elizabeth NJ. Mayor J. Christian Bollwage answers a question as he stands not far from where police and officials gathered at a building early Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J. The Elizabeth apartment is tied to a man wanted for questioning in the New York City bombing. Ahmad Khan Rahami has lived at that address in Elizabeth. He is a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan, the FBI said. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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ELIZABETH, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Law enforcement officials tow a car near the site of an investigation of a residence in connection to Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan, September 19, 2016 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. On Monday morning, law enforcement released a photograph of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they are seeking in connection to the attack. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
FBI agents walk around the roof outside an apartment during an investigation at a building Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J. FBI agents are searching the apartment in New Jersey that is tied to Ahmad Khan Rahami wanted for questioning in the New York City bombing. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
An FBI agent carries a box of material from an apartment to a car during an investigation at a building in Elizabeth, N.J. early Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. The Elizabeth apartment is tied to a man wanted for questioning in the New York City bombing. Ahmad Khan Rahami has lived at that address in Elizabeth. He is a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan, the FBI said. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) personnel search an address during an investigation into Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was wanted for questioning in an explosion in New York, which authorities believe is linked to the explosive devices found in New Jersey, in Elizabeth, U.S., September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
ELIZABETH, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: A man exits from the fried chicken restaurant and walks to a car, near the site of where members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement officials are investigating a residence in connection to Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan, September 19, 2016 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. On Monday morning, law enforcement released a photograph of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they are seeking in connection to the attack. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park. (Moshe Weiss via AP)
Policemen place in an ambulance a man they identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, in Linden, New Jersey, in this still image taken from video September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Anthony Genaro
A policeman takes a photo of a man they identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, as he is placed into an ambulance in Linden, New Jersey, in this still image taken from video September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Anthony Genaro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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The revelation came on the same day that NBC learned that Rahami's father, Mohammad, once branded him a "terrorist" during a family fight — and a day after the search for the 28-year-old suspect ended with a gun battle in Linden, New Jersey. The suspect and two police officers were wounded in the Monday shootout.

Officer Angel Padilla, who was hit in his bullet proof vest, was discharged from University Hospital in Newark on Monday night, the Linden Police Departmentposted on its Facebook page. Officer Peter Hammer, who was grazed in the head by a bullet fragment, was discharged Tuesday.

Here's what else we know so far:

  • Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan who lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was being held on $5.2 million bond as investigators continued to investigate the three-day bombing spree in New York City and New Jersey.
  • The Rahami family first appeared on the FBI's radar two years ago after police responded on Aug. 25, 2014 to a report that he'd stabbed his brother in the left leg. Officers learned from a neighbor that Mohammad Rahami yelled at him, saying words to the effect of, "You're a terrorist. Get out of my house," two federal law enforcement officials told NBC News. Questioned by the FBI, the elder Rahami said he made the statement "out of spite" and that it was not true. The FBI, which had opened what's called an assessment, dropped the case. Also, the domestic violence charge against Rahami was later dropped.
  • Federal investigators revealed there were four explosive devices: One made from three pipe bombs that exploded Saturday in Seaside Park, New Jersey; two pressure cooker bombs, one of which went off in Chelsea on Saturday night and injured 29 people, as well as a "multi-part device" that was found Monday at a commuter rail station in Elizabeth. They do not yet know where the bombs were put together, but they know the flip phones used on the devices were bought at the same store last year.
  • While investigators believe that Rahami was most likely a "lone wolf," they are still questioning five people who were in a "vehicle of interest" that police stopped Sunday near the Verrazano Bridge in New York City.
  • Rep. Albio Sires, a New Jersey Democrat, told NBC News that Rahami sought help in March 2014 with getting a visa for a woman named Asiza Bibi Rahami, who he claimed was his wife. It was denied because the woman was 35 weeks pregnant.
  • Rahami's former girlfriend Maria Mena has asked a court to give her full custody of the child she had with the suspect and issue a restraining order against him — citing his arrest as the basis for her petition, NBC has confirmed.
  • Investigators were trying to determine whether Rahami was radicalized on trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan during the last decade. A senior U.S. intelligence official told NBC News on Monday that Rahami — who was 7 years old when his family sought asylum in America — visited his homeland as recently as April 2013 and that his older brother Mohammad is believed to still be living there.
  • Rahami's former classmates at Edison High School in Edison, New Jersey, were struggling to reconcile the "cool dude" who graduated in 2007 with the suspected terrorist who is now charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and likely to be hit with federal charges that could send him to jail for life.

Investigators zeroed in on Rahami after he was seen in surveillance footage taken Saturday night amid the mayhem in Chelsea.

The blast Rahami allegedly set off was so powerful that it sent a dumpster flying more than 150 feet down the sidewalk and shattered windows more than a block away. Police are not clear on why the second device found a few blocks away on 27th Street did not detonate.

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Nor has the FBI revealed why the Chelsea neighborhood was targeted.

Sources told NBC News that a fingerprint linked Rahami to one of the pressure cooker bomb — a potentially deadly device similar to the ones used by the Tsarnaev brothers during the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013.

Rahami was arrested by officials on Monday, hours after a backpack bomb he allegedly planted in near a train station in Elizabeth went off as a police robot examined it.

Mohammad Rahami, who operates a restaurant in Elizabeth called "First American Fried Chicken," has told reporters he had "no idea" what his son was allegedly planning.

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