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New York bombing suspect Rahami charged by police
Published on 21-09-2016 - at 03:24' by Al Jazeera

US officials charge 28-year-old Afghan-American with detonating and planting bombs in attack that wounded at least 31.

US federal prosecutors have charged an Afghan-American with detonating and planting bombs in New York and New Jersey that left at least 31 people wounded.

US prosecutors said on Tuesday that Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, carried out twin bombings on Saturday in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood and along the route of a US Marine Corps run in the New Jersey town of Seaside Park.

A criminal complaint was unsealed in Newark, New Jersey, shortly after a virtually identical filing was unsealed in New York.

The Afghanistan-born American restaurant worker, who lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was critically wounded in a police shootout on Monday.

Two officers were shot in the encounter, but suffered non-life threatening injuries.

"Mr Rahami also sustained shots and an ambulance has taken him away," Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said. He underwent surgery on his wounds and remains hospitalised.

The 13-page indictment slapped him with four charges, including use of weapons of mass destruction, bombing a place of public use and destruction of property by means of fire or explosives.

He will be transported to Manhattan to face the charges, said federal prosecutors in New York.

If convicted, he risks spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Prosecutors said 31 people were wounded in the Chelsea attack on Saturday.

The bomb was a pressure-cooker device, packed with ball bearings and steel nuts, placed in a dumpster and detonated by a timed device, similar to a second pressure cooker bomb discovered four blocks away.

Five pipe bombs found in Elizabeth and the second device safely defused in Chelsea were covered in the suspect’s fingerprints, the indictment alleged.

Surveillance footage also put him in Chelsea, and Rahami bought the ingredients for the bombs from eBay over the summer, prosecutors said.

The indictment says video recovered from the mobile phone of a relative of Rahami shows him lighting incendiary material in a cylindrical container two days before the bombings.

The charges come after the FBI admitted that they investigated Rahami for terrorism in 2014 following a complaint from his father, but found no link despite alleged acts of violence.

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Rahami is an Afghanistan-born American restaurant worker who lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey



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