Jihad – it’s a family affair. Just like the Muslim who slashed a NYC cop days earlier.
Source: Relatives Of Bombing Suspect May Have Posted Jihadi Images – Vocativ By Jacob Steinblatt
Two people who appear to be related to Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man arrested in connection to Saturday’s bombings in Chelsea and New Jersey, shared images in support of Islamist militancy on Facebook, according to Vocativ analysis. The posters share the suspect’s surname and seem to have lived in the New Jersey apartment raided by police on Monday morning.
Mohammad Khan Rahami, who said online that he lived above the chicken restaurant run by the suspect’s family, shared an image around three years ago that appears to support jihad. The picture shows foreign fighters training in Syria, with a quote by Khalid Bin Walid, a military commander and companion of the Prophet Muhammad. “I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life,” reads the quote, which is often shared on social media by jihadists. A reverse image search leads to a forum affiliated with Islamist and jihadist sympathizers.
That user, Mohammad Khan Rahami, checked in on Facebook more than two years ago at First American Fried Chicken, which is run by the bombing suspect’s family, telling a friend that he’d lived there. On Monday morning, the apartment above the restaurant was raided by law enforcement, after a bomb went off at a nearby train station.
Mohammad Khan Rahami’s Facebook profile shows connections with other possible members of the Rahami family. A second possible relative, known as Nasim Rahami, tagged in a family picture shared on Mohammad Rahami’s profile, as well as to other members of his family. Nasim shared an image in 2012 displaying the word ‘Jihad,’ a masked figure, and Arabic script often displayed on the Black Standard commonly employed by jihadist groups.
The text on the black image is the Shahada or Muslim declaration of faith, a phrase that while not necessarily radical itself also appears on the ISIS flag.
The bomber apparently praised fellow Muslim asylum seekers – the Boston bombers:
A handwritten note found with the unexploded bomb contained ramblings, including references to previous terrorists including the Boston bombers, an unnamed law enforcement official told CNN.
The note was in Arabic.
The wife of the Afghan immigrant suspected in the New York and New Jersey bombings left the US for Pakistan just a few days before the attacks, according to reports.
The woman, who has not been named, has been intercepted by authorities in the United Arab Emirates, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Officials are working with authorities in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates to question her about what she knew about her husband’s plans, a law enforcement source told CNN.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized US citizen, made at least three months-long trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2014, officials said.
He stayed in Pakistan for a year between April 2013 and March 2014, spending time in a Taliban stronghold, CNN reported.
Rahami has clammed up and is refusing to cooperate with authorities, a source told The Post.
“We are looking into who may have helped him in training, with money” and with other means, the source said. “His family is being looked at, too.”
FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said there was “no indication” of an active terror cell in the New York area — but evidence suggests Rahami was not acting alone, sources told CNN.
“They’re going to look at friends, family, go through all of his records and social media, his phones and we’ll see if he acted alone,” New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Tuesday morning on CBS’ “This Morning.”
Ahmad Rahami was an ‘Americanized’ asylum seeker who moved to the United States aged seven with his family in 1995.
The 28-year-old was arrested Monday after a shoot-out with cops for planting a series of explosives that injured 29 people, police say.
Rahami made ‘multiple’ visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan CNN reported, although it’s not clear whether this was before or after his transformation.
He also married a Pakistani woman, CNN’s Situation Room reported.
And a person who appeared to be related to Rahami and apparently shared his home posted pro-Islamist militancy images on Facebook, AOL reported.
The site said someone of the same name as Rahami posted an image of foreign fighters training in Syria along with a quote by Khalid Bin Walid, named in the Koran as a military commander and companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
The quote reads: ‘I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life.’
Ahmad and the other men working in the shop had largely worn Western clothing – although Mohammad’s wife wore the hijab – until recently, one local, who did not wish to be identified, told Dailymail.com.
‘Up until recently they wore regular clothes like us and then they started dressing in their culture’s clothes,’ they said.
The Rahami family is made up of Mohammad snr, 53, his wife, two adult sons, Ahmad and Mohammad Qasim, 25, apparently known as Qasim, and two adult daughters, Aziza, and Zobyedh.
Zobyedh is a student at a nearby campus of Rutgers university, studying towards a B.S. in public health.
She is a writer on the university newspaper, the Daily Targum, and had previously worked as an assistant at the Asian American Cultural Center at the university, and had posted anti-Donald Trump material on social media.
A previous post noted that Rahami tried to stab one of his sisters.
And finally, what Religion of Peace attack would be complete without Muslims celebrating the NYC bombing on Twitter.
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