New York, New Jersey bombings: What we know
NEW YORK: A 28-year-old Afghan American man was in custody Monday following a massive manhunt by authorities who connected him to a pair of bombings over the weekend in New York and New Jersey.
Further raising tensions in the area, a nest of explosives was discovered Sunday at the train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey — the suspect´s hometown — located just 15 miles (24 kilometers) from New York.
In a separate incident, a 22-year-old Somali American went on a stabbing spree at a mall in the Midwestern state of Minnesota on Saturday, wounding nine.
Here´s what we know so far:
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was taken into custody Monday after a shootout with police. Investigators had appealed to the public for help locating Rahami, releasing several photographs and warning that he “should be considered armed and dangerous.”
Rahami was wanted for questioning into a bombing Saturday night in New York´s Chelsea neighborhood, which wounded 29 people, and a pipe bomb attack on the Jersey shore earlier in the day, which caused no injuries but forced the cancellation of a US Marine Corps charity race.
Late Sunday, a nest of bombs was discovered at the train station in Elizabeth, which the FBI defused. It was not clear if there was any connection between those explosives and the earlier attacks.
Following the bomb blast in Chelsea, a pressure cooker bomb was discovered four blocks away. It was successfully defused.
Authorities have not said if Rahami had ties to foreign extremist groups.
The FBI has said it is investigating the stabbing spree at a Minnesota mall as a “potential act of terrorism.”
US President Barack Obama said Monday there did not appear to be any connection between the Minnesota attack and the bombings in New York and New Jersey.
Nine people were wounded Saturday in the city of St. Cloud before an off-duty policeman shot and killed the 22-year-old attacker, identified by local media as a Somali American named Dahir Adan.
A news agency with ties to the Islamic State group said the rampage was carried out by one of its “soldiers.”
Police in St. Cloud confirmed that the assailant — who has not been formally identified — had asked some victims whether they were Muslim before stabbing them and made “some references to Allah” before launching his attacks.