Alleged NYC Bomber Charged With Five Counts of Attempted Murder
Ahmad Khan Rahami has been charged with five counts of attempted murder.
The 28-year-old Rahami was born in Afghanistan and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Authorities released his name and image early Monday morning, saying he was wanted in connection with the creation of several homemade bombs distributed throughout New York and New Jersey over the weekend. One of them detonated in Chelsea, Manhattan Friday night, injuring 29.
He was apprehended Monday morning following a shootout with the police. The attempted murder charges relate to the firefight with authorities. He is also charged with two second-degree counts regarding his possession of a handgun.
The FBI said at a press conference Monday afternoon that there was strong evidence linking Rahami to the bombs and that there was no evidence of a terror cell in New York City.
Law enforcement experts told CNN Monday night that it was unlikely Rahami acted alone without either training or accomplices, citing the difficulty inherent in building the bombs. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that there were no other suspects being pursued at this time.
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