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Sikh man helps US police capture New York bomber

When the police arrived Rahami pulled out a handgun and opened fire, injuring one officer. In the foot chase that followed, Rahami shot at a police car. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New York, United States Sep 20, 2016, 06.09 AM (IST)
 A Sikh man in the US is being called a hero for helping capture Ahmad Khan Rahami, the Afghan-American wanted for the weekend bombings in New York.

Harinder Bains, the owner of a bar in Linden, found Rahami sleeping in the doorway of his establishment on Monday.

Bains told reporters that he first thought Rahami was some "drunk guy" but soon recognised him and called the police,

"I'm just a regular citizen doing what every citizen should do. Cops are the real heroes, law enforcement are the real heroes," said Bains.

When the police arrived Rahami pulled out a handgun and opened fire, injuring one officer. In the foot chase that followed, Rahami shot at a police car.

Rahami was shot multiple times, then taken to hospital where he was operated upon.

In a statement, the National Sikh Campaign in the US said that this was a brave and courageous act by Bains.

"A Sikh helps police get to the terrorist involved in New York and New Jersey bombing over the weekend," it said.

"He heroically helped save many innocent lives and yet gave credit to law enforcement officers. Harinder Bains certainly did what every responsible citizen in America ought to do. Brave and courageous act!" said the National Sikh Campaign.

(WION with inputs from PTI)
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