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New York bombing suspect Rahami captured after police shootout

Rahami was wanted for questioning in connection with the New York bombings that wounded 20 people and a pipe bomb attack in New Jersey. Photograph: (AFP)

Reuters New Jersey, United States Sep 19, 2016, 04.48 PM (IST)
The New Jersey police on Monday nabbed one of the suspects in the New York bombings over the weekend that wounded at least 29 people. 

The Afghanistan-born American, Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken in custody after a gun battle with the Jersey police about 20 miles outside of New York in Linden, New Jersey. 

New Jersey mayor Chris Bollwage said two officers sustained injuries during the firing, one took a shot in the hand and the other in a bullet-proof vest.

"Mr Rahami also sustained shots and an ambulance has taken him away," Bollwage said.

Local media showed a conscious man, believed to be Rahami, being loaded into an ambulance.

Rahami will be questioned about the Saturday's explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood and another blast earlier that day in Seaside Park, New Jersey. 

Investigators said more people could be involved in the two bombings. Officials are also probing a backpack containing bombs found in a New Jersey train station on Sunday. 

US President Barack Obama said he saw no connection between the explosions and a separate weekend incident where a man stabbed nine people at a mall in central Minnesota before being shot dead.

He said authorities are investigating the stabbing as a potential act of terrorism.

The man in the Minnesota incident was described a "soldier of the Islamic State", the militant group's news agency said on Sunday.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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