Jury finds NJ man guilty in 2016 Manhattan bombing that left 30 injured

Oct 16 (Reuters) - A New Jersey man was found guilty by a federal jury in New York on Monday of planting two bombs in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood in September 2016, one of which exploded and wounded 30 people.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, faces a mandatory life sentence in prison after his conviction on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 18.

Sabrina Shroff, a lawyer for Rahimi, declined to comment on the verdict.

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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
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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)
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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
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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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Rahimi, dubbed the "Chelsea bomber," was also accused of planting a bomb on the route of a charity running race in New Jersey, which exploded without injuring anyone, and shooting at New Jersey police before being captured. He still faces separate New Jersey charges over those accusations.

Over the course of Rahimi's two-week trial in New York, jurors heard testimony from multiple people who were injured by the bomb, made using a pressure cooker and a cell phone timer, that exploded on Manhattan's West 23rd Street.

One woman testified that she was nearly blinded when a piece of shrapnel struck her next to her eye. Another man described the sound of the explosion as "doomsday."

Jurors heard from law enforcement officers who were at the scene of the West 23rd Street blast, and who removed an unexploded pressure cooker bomb found on nearby West 27th Street. Others testified about fingerprint and DNA evidence linking Rahimi to the bombs.

Prosecutors played a series of surveillance videos that appeared to show Rahimi walking around Manhattan carrying suitcases and a backback in the hours leading up the explosion. Another video appeared to show Rahimi testing an explosive device in his New Jersey backyard.

They also read from a bloody journal Rahimi was found carrying, in which he referred to Osama bin Laden and wrote that "the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets."

The prosecutors called an expert witness to testify about how Rahimi was influenced by radical anti-American materials found on his computer, including a publication called Inspire Magazine, believed to be produced by al-Qaeda.

Rahimi did not testify, and his lawyers did not call any witnesses. In her closing argument, defense lawyer Shroff focused on the West 27th Street bomb, saying the evidence did not show that Rahimi ever meant for it to go off. (Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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