Muslim Suspect in N.Y., N.J. Bombings in Custody After Shootout (updated)

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  • Ahmad Khan Rahami shot, taken alive earlier today
  • Rahami is suspect in bombings in New York City; Seaside and Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Friend says came back from Afghanistan “and he was real religious”
  • Allegedly posted on jihadist website
  • Rahami a deadbeat, hated America, says his baby’s mother
  • Tried to stab his sister; arrested on illegal weapons charge; served time

Source: Ahmad Khan Rahami in custody after shootout in New Jersey

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old suspect in the bombings in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was taken into custody after a shootout with police in Linden, N.J., on Monday morning, local officials said. At least one police officer was wounded during Rahami’s arrest.

ABC News captured images of the Rahami as he was taken away from the scene in an ambulance. He appeared to have been shot in the right arm.

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ELIZABETH, N.J. — The 28-year-old New Jersey man wanted in connection with a series of blasts that terrorized New York and New Jersey over the last three days was taken into custody Monday after being shot, two sources told NBC News.

Ahmad Rahami of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was identified as a suspect after a fingerprint was found on one of the devices that failed to detonate, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News.

They also found more information that pointed to Rahami on cell phones that were wired to the unexploded bombs, the official said.

“He certainly seemed to do virtually nothing to cover his tracks,” the official says.

But the official downplayed any talk of Rahimi being part of a “cell” and said at this point have no idea whether anyone else was involved.

Asked whether the bombings were ISIS-inspired or directed, the official said authorities have no idea: “We’re a long way from that.”


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A bar owner in Linden, NJ spotted a man sleeping in his doorway and called police. An officer confronted the man around 10:45 a.m., soon recognizing it was Rahami, officials said. Rahami pulled a gun and shot the officer — who was wearing a bulletproof vest — in the abdomen, and more officers soon joined in a running gun battle with Rahami. Rahami was shot at least once in the leg and eventually brought down and captured alive. News cameras showed Rahami being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher and he was taken to University Hospital in Newark, Fox News confirmed.

“Today I believe we’re going to find out that [the bombing] was influenced by foreign sources,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

Two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday that the bomb plot likely involved several individuals, a revelation that came hours after federal authorities on Sunday night conducted a traffic stop in Brooklyn of a “vehicle of interest” in the bombings. A law enforcement source told Fox News that a “number of individuals” who are possibly connected to the explosions were taken into custody. At least five men were being questioned, The Associated Press reported.

A weapons stash was found in the vehicle and investigators were trying to determine if the occupants were attempting to drive out of town or take a plane, The New York Daily News reported.


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They also found a website where Rahami allegedly posted jihadist missives, sources said.

Investigators believe Rahami also planted a bomb in Seaside Park, N.J., which exploded without injuring anyone Saturday, according to the New Jersey State Police.


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His older brother Qasim, is believed to have returned to Afghanistan after getting into a fight with police in New Jersey, while one of his sisters, Zobydha, is a student at Rutgers University, and volunteers on a committee to promote community cohesion among minority students.

In 2014 he was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault, but was never charged. The attacks quickly became political fodder.

Rahami was arrested on domestic violence charges for allegedly attempting to stab his sister, Peter King, a Republican congressman for New York, told CNN.

Police said he spent a little over two months behind bars at Union County jail on a weapons and aggravated assault charge in 2014.

He is thought to have made multiple trips to Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.

Flee Jones, who grew up with Rahami, said that he thought the suspect had visited Afghanistan around four years ago. When he came back he had a beard and wore traditional Muslim robes. He started praying in the back of the family’s chicken restaurant.

“It’s like he was a completely different person,” Mr Jones told the New York Times. “He got serious and completely closed off.”

Maria, whose full name is being withheld by FoxNews.com, said her high school sweetheart, Ahmad Khan Rahami, didn’t pay child support and often railed against American culture. The 26-year-old, who spoke after her grandmother called her for a reporter who produced his press credential and identified himself at the grandmother’s home in Elizabeth, said she had not seen Rahami in two years.

“He would speak often of Western culture and how it was different back home,” she said. “How there weren’t homosexuals in Afghanistan.

He seemed standoffish to American culture, but I never thought he would cross the line,” she added.

One time, he was watching TV with my daughter and a woman in a [military] uniform came on and he told [their daughter], ‘That’s the bad person,'” she said.

The last time Maria knows that Rahami visited his homeland was nine years ago. He brought back a wife and another child, she said.

Maria did not say what prompted their breakup, and cut the interview short saying she did not want to speak to a reporter. But she did say she did not want Rahami around their daughter, whom she did not name.

“I didn’t want him to see my daughter,” she said. “If he loved her, he would have paid child support. My greatest fear is that he would try to take my daughter.”

Five men detained in connection with the probe after a traffic stop in Brooklyn were released Monday, and authorities said they do not believe the bombs were the work of a terror cell.

NYC: Hand-written letter with Arabic writing found with unexploded bomb

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This was one of at least four terror attacks in the U.S. this weekend. Source: ‘There will be more’: Chilling 911 call after the Chelsea explosion | New York Post

A 911 caller warned of further explosions right after the blast that rocked Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and injured 29 people, The Post has learned.

“I’m looking at the explosion down the block. There will be more,” the unidentified male said, claiming to be standing at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue in the aftermath of the terrifying incident, according to law-enforcement sources Sunday.

Investigators believe the blast was the result of a home-made, pressure-cooker bomb similar to an unexploded device found later on 27th Street, sources said.

In another new wrinkle, a hand-written letter, a portion of which is in Arabic, was found inside a plastic bag that held the second device, sources said.

Cops were interviewing two men who claim to have spotted a potential person of interest in the case, sources said.

The witnesses were dining at the Krush bar and grill on 32nd Street about a half-hour before the 8:30 p.m. Saturday explosion when they saw an Arab-looking man who was carrying a suitcase and appeared out of place, sources said.

Investigators have obtained surveillance video of a person placing the unexploded device, sources said.

It was found by an older woman who was phoned by a friend checking on her in the wake of the explosion, sources said.

The woman went outside her home and noticed the bomb, then called 911.

State police secured the device, and it was taken to the NYPD firing range at Rodman’s Neck for investigation, sources said.

Initial analysis of the garbage Dumpster that was ripped apart in the blast suggests whatever blew up was placed outside the bin, sources said.

The blast pattern shows the metal is bent inward, and an explosion inside the Dumpster would have bent the metal outward, sources said.

Meanwhile, sources said investigators were “vetting” an online Tumblr page on which someone claiming to be “the NY Bomber” took responsibility for the blast and said the motive was a response to anti-gay “violence and oppression.”

“I did it because I cannot stand society. I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are looked down upon by society,” one post says.

The Tumblr page was taken down early Sunday afternoon.


As we noted earlier today, there has also been an explosion in New Jersey where 5 more IED’s were found and an Afghani Muslim is being sought in the attacks.  He is believed to have accomplices.

 

Afghani Muslim Wanted in NYC & New Jersey Bombings (updated)

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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

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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

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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.


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There are more people involved in NY bomb plot: two U.S. officials

 

New Jersey: 5 IED’s found near Elizabeth train station, no injuries

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Source: 1 of 5 devices near train station explodes; no injuries

ELIZABETH, N.J.: A suspicious device found in a trash can near a train station exploded early Monday as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials said.

Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said the FBI was working to disarm one of five devices found in the same bag in a trash can by two men at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday near the Elizabeth train station. The men had reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package, Bollwage said.elizabeth-nj

There was no immediate report of injuries or damage. The mayor warned that other explosions were expected.

FBI agents and police converged on an apartment above a fried chicken restaurant near the train station before 6 a.m. Monday, but it was not clear whether their search of the dwelling was connected to the explosion.

New Jersey Transit service trains resumed service on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line at 5:30 a.m. Monday, but they faced residual delays because service was suspended after the devices were found.

Amtrak was operating on a modified schedule.

Train passengers reported being stuck on Amtrak and NJ Transit trains for hours Sunday night, while some trains moved in reverse to let passengers off at other stations. Amtrak said 2,400 passengers were affected and trains were being brought in to other stations for people to get other transportation.

It wasn’t clear when the Elizabeth station would be open, a threat to cause major issues on the Monday morning commute into New York.

The discovery of the suspicious package came a day after an explosion in Manhattan injured 29 people, and an unexploded pressure-cooker device was found four blocks away in New York City. Also Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded about an hour from the Elizabeth train station in Seaside Park, New Jersey, forcing the cancellation of a military charity 5K run. Officials said it didn’t appear that those two incidents were connected, though they weren’t ruling anything out.

Investigators didn’t immediately comment on whether they thought the Elizabeth incident was connected to either of the two blasts.

Bollwage said that he wasn’t willing to say that Elizabeth had become a target and that it was possible that someone worried about the authorities was trying to get rid of the package.

“I’m extremely concerned for the residents of the community, but more importantly extremely concerned for everyone in the state and country where someone can just go and drop a backpack into a garbage can that has multiple explosives in it,” Bollwage said. “You have to wonder how many people could have been hurt.”


An Afghani born Muslim is being sought by the FBI in connection with the bombings in NYC Saturday. Coincidentally, he resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Minnesota mall stabber was Somali Muslim; knifed those who said they weren’t Muslim

Muslim contributions to the fabric of America continue. Thankfully, the death toll didn’t rise this time, thanks to the actions of an off-duty police officer.

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Source: Minn. attacker asked victims if they were Muslim

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A federal law enforcement source tells CBS News that the deceased suspect in a Minnesota mall attack that wounded eight Saturday, was asking people if they were Muslim and stabbing those who said they were not.

The father of the suspect has identified him as a 22-year-old college student.

Ahmed Adan told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that police told him Saturday night that his son, Dahir A. Adan, died at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud.

He says police didn’t mention the attack on the mall, but they seized photos and other materials from the family’s apartment.


Reminiscent of the Kenya Mall Massacre where the Islamic terrorists freed those who said they were Muslim and killed those who were not.


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The FBI is investigating the Crossroads Center knife attacks on Saturday as “a potential act of terrorism.”

Nine people were injured by an attacker who was killed inside the Macy’s store by an off-duty Avon police officer.

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis identified that officer as Jason Falconer during a press conference Sunday.

A short time earlier, St. Cloud Somali-American community members identified the deceased suspect as Dahir Adan.

Leaders of the Somali-American community in St. Cloud gathered Sunday with his family and issued a statement of sympathy for the family and the nine victims of the attack.

Community leader Abdul Kulane said as far as the family and community know, the suspect did not have any history of violence. He was known as a smart, accomplished student at Apollo High School. He was a junior at St. Cloud State University, Kulane said. Adan was also working part-time as a private security officer, leaders said.

The Orlando jihadist Omar Mateen was a security officer too.

The last time he was seen by family was about 6 or 6:30 p.m. Saturday when he said he was going to the mall to buy an iPhone 7. They don’t know what happened after that.

The attack was reported about 8:15 p.m.

St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said the victims were stabbed by a man dressed in a private security uniform.

Kleis called Falconer a hero and said he “happened to be in the right place at the right time.” Falconer identified himself as a police officer, and the suspect lunged at him, Kleis said.

Initially, Anderson said eight victims were taken to St. Cloud Hospital. On Sunday morning, hospital Communications Specialist Chris Nelson told the Times that five were released, and three were admitted with injuries that were not life-threatening. They were discharged by Sunday evening.

A ninth victim drove himself to the hospital in Long Prairie and was initially unknown to officials.

Anderson said the attacker, who was armed with a knife, reportedly made references to Allah during the attack and asked at least one person whether they were Muslim. But Anderson pointedly declined to call the attacks an act of terrorism, saying the motive isn’t yet known.

Like the police, Minnesota FBI spokesman Kyle Loven declined to say Sunday if investigators believe the attack was a terrorist act. The FBI says it is assisting St. Cloud police in the investigation.


The Islamic State stated it was one of their attacks:

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The Refugee Admissions Program was the brainchild of then Senator Joe Biden and Bill Clinton started the Somali Muslim pipeline to Minnesota in the 1990’s. Hillary Clinton has vowed to make it much worse.

Minnesota: Man referencing Allah stabs 8 people at busy shopping mall

Police scared to even reference terror or release known assailants name. Allah akbar.

Source: Man stabs 8 at Minnesota mall before cop kills him

A man in a private security uniform stabbed eight people at a Minnesota shopping mall, reportedly mentioning Allah and asking at least one victim if they were Muslim before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him, authorities said.

A man in a private security uniform stabbed eight people at a Minnesota shopping mall, reportedly mentioning Allah and asking at least one victim if they were Muslim before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him, authorities said.

All eight victims were treated at a hospital for wounds that weren’t life-threatening and all but one was later released, St. Cloud police Chief Blair Anderson said at a news conference. The eighth was admitted, but no other details about that person’s condition were released.

The attack happened at around 8 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud, a city of about 65,000 people 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis.

A man in a security uniform and armed with a knife stabbed people in several locations in the mall, including corridors, businesses and common areas, the chief said. He said an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction shot and killed the suspect, though he didn’t say where that officer serves.

Anderson said the man reportedly made at least one reference to Allah and asked a victim if they were Muslim before attacking them. But he declined to call it an act of terrorism, saying the motive was still unknown.

“We will be diligent and get to the bottom of this,” Anderson said. “Starting tomorrow, things won’t be the same here.”

Anderson did not identify the attacker, but he said police had had three previous encounters with him, mostly for minor traffic violations. He said authorities have no reason to believe anyone else was involved in the attack, and that the FBI had offered to help with the investigation.

“The entire mall is an active crime scene,” Anderson said.

The attack began shortly after an explosion in a crowded New York City neighborhood injured 29 people. A suspicious device was found a few blocks away and safely removed. Hours before that, a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, shortly before thousands of runners were due to participate in a charity 5K race. There was no indication that any of the incidents were linked.

The St. Cloud mall remained on lockdown following the attack, but authorities expected those remaining inside to be released early Sunday. Photos and video of the mall taken hours after the incident showed groups of shoppers waiting to be released, including some huddled together near a food court entrance.


This was one of three terror attacks on U.S. soil on Saturday alone:

  1. New Jersey 9:30 AM EST bomb explodes at Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Heights – now being investigated as act of terrorism
  2. Minnesota 8 PM EST St. Cloud, Minnesota – stabbing rampage in Muslim resettlement zone where attacker shouted to Allah, asking at least one victim if he/she was Muslim; 8 people injured (link below)
  3. New York City 8.30 PM EST  – AN explosion in New York has injured 29 people after it was “intentionally” detonated, with a second device found close-by in Chelsea.
 It should be noted that Six Flags was celebrating Muslim Day at several of its amusement parks yesterday, including in New Jersey – not far from Seaside.

New Jersey: Terrorism probed in bombing at Seaside Park Marine Corps race (updated)

One of three terror attacks that occurred Saturday.

Source: UPDATE: Terrorism probed in Seaside Park blast; residents return home

SEASIDE PARK – A pipe-bomb-style device detonated in a garbage can at the start of the route of a Marine Corps charity race Saturday morning, injuring no one, but sparking a massive law-enforcement response and suspicions of terrorism.

The FBI said it was “unaware of any known threat” to public safety, in an early-evening press conference that lasted about two minutes. Brad Cohen, the special agent in charge of the Newark FBI office, said the agency’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was taking the lead in investigation into the explosion. He said the agency was working to make sure there was “no stone left unturned” in the probe.

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Multiple agencies are investigating the incident and whether the motive was terror, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office..

“You would have to assume that at a military-type event, the U.S. Marines, a device is placed along the route of a charity event, it would be hard to think it would be anything else,’’ Della Fave said.

The device went off about 9:35 a.m. at Ocean Avenue and D Street, where the Seaside  Semper Five 5K race had been scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., Della  Fave said.

Problems with registration for the race delayed its start and possibly spared people from injury, he said.

“When it went off, there was nobody in the area,’’ Della Fave said.

Della Fave said multiple explosive devices were enclosed in the trash can, designed to send shrapnel flying, but because only one of them detonated, “it appears it didn’t do the damage it was supposed to.’’

Police sources say there were as many as three inside the trash can.

Remnants and residue from the bomb are being sent to an FBI lab for analysis, a law-enforcement source said.

A number of questions remain unanswered as of Saturday night: how the bomb was detonated; what type of explosive was used; and if any surveillance camera caught a suspect planting the device.

Della Fave said there were about 3,000 people assembled at the registration area for the race when the pipe-bomb detonated.

If it is proven to be terrorism, the Jersey Shore would join other communities that have experienced acts of terrorism.  For some, it evoked disquieting memories of the Boston Marathon bombing more than three years ago, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three and wounding more than 260.  Several officials publicly acknowledged how lucky it was that the Seaside Park race was delayed, possibly sparing runners from any injuries in the blast.

An earlier fun-run for children had already started, however, and people participating in that reported hearing the explosive detonate, Howath said.

“The nine o’clock race – the one mile – did not go off on time, it went off at about 9:15,” he said. “And the 5K was supposed to be going off at 9:30 which would’ve been delayed. But at that point in time, when they found (the) backpack, they announced that its owner come and get it. They made that announcement on numerous occasions and when nobody claimed it, they evacuated us all out.”


Bombings also took place in New York City yesterday evening. NYC mayor is refusing to call it terrorism.

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AN explosion in New York has injured 29 people after it was “intentionally” detonated, with a second device found close-by in Chelsea.

…device detonated outside a shop called The King David Gallery, in the heart of the bustling district, and is believed to have been concealed in a dumpster.

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New York Police Department then found a second device on 27th Street, which was made from a pressure cooker connected to a cell phone with wires attached.

A piece of paper with writing on it was found nearby.

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This is the alleged pressure cooker device found by police on 27th street, New York


Update: Manhattan Bombs Built for Carnage

Late on Sunday, two senior law enforcement officials said they had a “person of interest” in the bombing, though they did not refer to that person as a suspect.

Senior law enforcement officials also said that they were increasingly focused on the possibility that the attack was connected to a bombing that took place 11 hours earlier in New Jersey, but the authorities still needed to compare all the bombs before drawing any conclusions. There, three pipe bombs were tied together, placed in a trash can and also employed by a flip cellphone as a timing mechanism, according to officials. Only one of the three pipe bombs detonated and no one was injured. Officials said the explosive in that device appeared to be black powder.

 

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