Mayor Bill De Blasio says it’s not terror related yet the FBI is seeking an Afghanistan-born Muslim immigrant/refugee in relation to the attack. Obama has been silent on the spate of Islamic violence in the U.S. since last Sunday’s 15th year since 9/11.
Source: FBI – AHMAD KHAN RAHAMI
The FBI is asking for assistance in locating Ahmad Khan Rahami. Rahami is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion that occurred on September 17, 2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the vicinity of 135 West 23rd Street, New York, New York.
Rahami is a 28-year-old United States citizen of Afghan descent born on January 23, 1988, in Afghanistan. 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.
SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
Submit a Tip:If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
Field Office: New York
UPDATE: Ahmad Rahami Identified as N.Y., N.J. Bombings Suspect
ELIZABETH, N.J. — Law enforcement officials are searching for a 28-year-old man suspected of playing a role in the series of blasts that have terrorized New York and New Jersey over the last three days. Multiple senior law enforcement officials and an NYPD spokesperson early Monday identified Ahmad Rahami of Elizabeth, New Jersey, as the suspect. The FBI said Rahami, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, should be considered armed and dangerous.
A senior law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation told NBC News authorities believe Rahami is the man seen in surveillance footage taken Saturday night in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, the site of an explosion that injured 29 people.
The source said there is other physical evidence linking Rahimi to the devices that have gone off or been found in New York and New Jersey.
The announcement came hours after a backpack that appeared to contain pipe bombs exploded as a police robot examined it near a New Jersey train station. That explosion occurred shortly before 1 a.m. ET Monday. It was the second in New Jersey since Saturday morning.