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New York bombing suspect charged with attempted murder of police officer

Rahami was taken to hospital where he was operated on. Photograph: (Reuters)

New York, NY, United States Sep 20, 2016, 04.04 AM (IST)
The New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and unlawful possession of  weapons after a shootout with the New Jersey police on Monday. 

The police shot and captured Rahami, 28, in connection with bombings in Manhattan in new York on Sunday that wounded 29 people. The same day, a Somali-American with possible links to the Islamic State, according to the news agency Amaq, went on a stabbing rampage in Minnesota, wounding nine people. 

A gun battle with the New Jersey police ensued about 20 miles from New York after Rahami shot a police officer. He was shot multiple times and had to be taken to the hospital where he underwent a surgery. 

Another pressure cooker device was found and defused close to the scene of the Manhattan blast, and five pipe bombs were discovered late Sunday in a trash can in Elizabeth. 

Investigators are now focusing on whether Rahami had co-conspirators and on his motive in allegedly bombing New York's Chelsea neighborhood and detonating a pipe bomb along the route of a US Marine Corps race, reported AFP.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio, however, said authorities were not currently looking for any other suspects in connection with the "act of terror", reported AFP.

Rahami was apparently seen in surveillance footage taken in Chelsea before the bomb went off. Separate footage broadcast by CBS showed Rahami dragging a large bag down a street in the district.

‘Sick, deranged man’

Rahami, who worked at his family’s fried chicken restaurant, had accused the police department of Elizabeth of ethnic and religious discrimination in forcing them to close their restaurant by 10 pm. 

The suit, however, was settled in 2012 in the city’s favour, Elizabeth mayor Chris Bollwage said.

“He is a sick, deranged young man," said Salaam Ismial, a social worker at a local mosque.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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