Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted in NY area bombings, captured after shootout with police

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old man wanted in connection with bombings in New York and New Jersey this weekend, was taken into custody following a shootout with police, local media reported on Monday.

The suspect sustained multiple shots on the scene and was taken away in an ambulance after the gun battle in Linden, New Jersey. One police officer was shot in the chest, according to NBC New York, but was not seriously wounded because of a bullet proof vest.

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NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said during a press conference Monday afternoon that the investigation was still ongoing while authorities attempted to discern what motivated the suspect and whether or not he acted alone.

"We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

He also urged New Yorkers to remain vigilant as the investigation was not over yet.

The mayor also said President Obama called him to praise the "resilience" of New Yorkers and the first responders.

A photo tweeted from the scene appeared to show a man in police custody who was laying on the ground and alive. Rahami was also seen being wheeled into an ambulance, conscious with some blood visible on his body, in video aired by local station WABC.

President Obama said he was aware of no connection between the explosions in New York and New Jersey and another incident at a mall in Minnesota where a man stabbed nine people. ISIS took responsibility for the latter attack, but supporters mere praised the NY area attacks on social media.

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Police searched for a suspect in the Manhattan explosion on Monday morning, warning that the New Jersey resident of Afghan descent may be armed and dangerous.

Officials announced that a 28-year-old man by the name of Ahmad Khan Rahami is wanted in connection with the bombing in Chelsea which wounded dozens of people in New York City on Saturday.

"Rahami is a 28-year-old United States citizen of Afghan descent born on January 23, 1988, in Afghanistan," according to a the FBI. "His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is about 5' 6" tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair."

Mayor Bill de Blasio identified Rahami as a naturalized United States citizen.

The photo was released as a raid was being conducted at a home in Elizabeth, New Jersey where Rahami is believed to have lived.

An explosive device found near a train station in Elizabeth exploded in the early hours of Monday morning while authorities were attempting to safely detonate the device, accidentally cutting a wire that set it off. As many as five devices were found on the scene in a backpack.

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The New York Times reported that an unnamed law enforcement official said Rahami is believed to be connected not only to the bombing in Manhattan, but also a pipe bomb that exploded near the route of a charity race Saturday morning.

According to CNN, authorities say they seek Rahami because he's believed to be the man seen in surveillance videos "rolling a duffel bag near the scene of the bombing in New York's Chelsea neighborhood."


NBC News reported that there is physical evidence linked Rahami to the explosions as well, and that authorities were also investigating a 911 call in which someone allegedly claimed responsibility.

The New York Times also reported that the 28-year-old Rahami is the son of a man named Muhammad Rahami who runs a restaurant called First American Fried Chicken in Elizabeth.

According to the Mayor of Elizabeth, the elder Rahami had sued the city. A neighbor reported that the lawsuit included a complaint from Rahami that he'd faced of discrimination over his ethnicity.

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"He could be armed and dangerous," Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Rahami, asking residents in New York and the surrounding areas to remain vigilant and aid authorities.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the person of interest and recent evidence uncovered suggest there "might be a foreign connection," a reversal from his previous statements over the weekend in which he stayed shy of linking the attack to any foreign terror groups.

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