New York bomb suspect identified as Afghan origin US citizen

Published: September 19, 2016
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials mark the ground near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, U.S.  September 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials mark the ground near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Authorities have been looking to nab 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a New Jersey resident and naturalised US citizen, in connection with Saturday’s New York explosion.

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The NYPD has released a photo of the suspect, wanted for questioning. Rahami is of Afghan origin, according to the FBI. His last known address was in New Jersey, officials said.

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Law enforcement officials said they were investigating whether Rahami could have been influenced by international militant groups or the ongoing conflict in his homeland.

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New York Police Department Spokesperson, J Peter Donald announced the development on Twitter. It came after authorities took “a number of people” into custody in connection with the bombing and their New Jersey counterparts worked to render safe “multiple improvised explosive devices” discovered at a train station in Elizabeth just across from Staten Island.

The explosion on a commercial and residential street in New York City’s Chelsea district on Saturday night sent a deafening roar and a powerful shock wave through several blocks, wounding people with shrapnel and flying glass. All 29 victims were released from the hospital, officials said on Sunday.

This article originally appeared on Washington Post.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Sep 19, 2016 - 5:38PM

    Now somehow Pak will find an excuse to blame this on its favourite whipping boy – India. Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Sep 19, 2016 - 5:41PM

    Result of Afghan – Middle Eastern mass refugees intake without any background checking.Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Sep 19, 2016 - 5:54PM

    I am sure he was trained in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Done
    Sep 19, 2016 - 5:57PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    LOL what Pak has to do with this .Its not even related to Pak .Stupid Recommend

  • BruteForce
    Sep 19, 2016 - 5:59PM

    @M. Emad:

    You can add Pakistanis to that list. Example: Faisal Shehzad and David Headley. Another guy Rana who helped Headley had Canadian residency.

    Pakistan qualifies to be in your list.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Sep 19, 2016 - 6:17PM

    Who else he would be. These Afghans are thankless people. We in Pakistan took care of them for decades, destroyed our own culture for them but in the end they have stabbed in our backs.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Sep 19, 2016 - 6:35PM

    Must be a graduate of one of the top ranking Jihadi training institutes operating out of Pakistan. Recommend

  • John B
    Sep 19, 2016 - 6:38PM

    So Trump is right, admit it Recommend

  • Tom
    Sep 19, 2016 - 6:57PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    He is pakisani, it will come out soon…….Recommend

  • Irfan
    Sep 19, 2016 - 7:35PM

    @Bunny Rabbit: After spamming Dawn news. He is active here . They need opportunity to express their hate.Recommend

  • quatro
    Sep 19, 2016 - 8:28PM

    This guys face will be on every TV screen in the USA – he’s going to be captured or killed.Recommend

  • Bol
    Sep 19, 2016 - 8:53PM

    As if everything is hunky dory in Afghanistan and manna is raining upon them from heaven.@Hakim Afghani: Recommend

  • Bol
    Sep 19, 2016 - 8:56PM

    Why be ashamed of sharing the responsibility of a hapless friend. after all they are your new found friends, so enjoy the friendship.@Bunny Rabbit: Recommend

  • Rao
    Sep 19, 2016 - 9:21PM

    What a shame the suspect carries a Muslim name and is a Khan. Now the whole community is blamed for this terrorist activity. One thing is sure- Trump will soon become the President of USA at thi rate elected by not only by the “deplorables” , but also regular guy So!Recommend

  • Jawad
    Sep 19, 2016 - 10:01PM

    These afghanis are more dangerous than their masters indians. Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Sep 19, 2016 - 10:14PM

    @ BruteForce: Completely agree with you.
    In fact, ‘Afghanistan’ is the superficial manifestation of a deep rooted problem called ‘Pakistan’.Recommend

  • Logic
    Sep 19, 2016 - 10:28PM

    Your geography is awful. Afghanistan and Pakistan are TWO separate countries. You need to join school again to brush up your knowledge.@M. Emad: Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Sep 20, 2016 - 7:59AM

    Rahami, 28, spent several weeks in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and Quetta, Pakistan, in 2011, according to a law enforcement official who reviewed his travel and immigration record.

    Two years later, in April 2013, he went to “Pakistan and remained there until March 2014 before returning to the US”, official said.

    Well Well Well… That clearly tells whole story where he was and what he learned. Case Closed!Recommend

  • Merwais Afghani
    Sep 20, 2016 - 8:04AM

    Quetta is considered a stronghold of the Taliban. While there in July 2011, Rahami married a Pakistani woman.
    Upon returning from Pakistan in 2011 to the United States, he had to go through secondary screening because he visited an area of Pakistan known for its Taliban presence, according to the official.Recommend

  • ceph
    Sep 20, 2016 - 4:11PM

    He is a US citizen, bombed a US city, should be arrested, punished in US. that’s it. It has nothing to do with him visiting Pakistan. He might as well have visited Afghanistan, but what does that make him. nothing, Again a US citizen.Recommend

  • quatro
    Sep 20, 2016 - 8:15PM

    @ceph: He is a US citizen, bombed a US city, should be arrested, punished in US. that’s it. It has nothing to do with him visiting Pakistan
    .
    Seriously? He visits Jihad central – marries a Pakistani – and mysteriously becomes an extremist with knowledge of building bombs. You think that’s just coincidence?Recommend

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