Terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami is in custody after a shootout with police over bombings in the US.
THE man suspected in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey is in custody after a dramatic shootout with police.
Ahmad Khan Rahami was apprehended in Linden, New Jersey, after firing at police officers, according to multiple US media sources. He has since been charged with attempted murder.
He is alive but injured, and two officers were injured in the gunfire, Christian Bollwage, Mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey confirmed. TV footage showed Rahami on a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance. He was sporting a bloodied bandage on his right arm.
The mayor confirmed one officer’s vest was struck, and the other was shot in the hand.
“Mr Rahami is currently under arrest. This occurred on Elizabeth Avenue in the city of Linden,” Mr Bollwage said Monday afternoon.
“One police officer in the city of Linden was shot in the chest and one was shot in the hand. Mr Rahami also sustained shots,” the mayor added.
The 28-year-old Afghan-born American was wanted in connection with twin bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey over the weekend.
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Rahami, a naturalised United States citizen of Afghan birth, was identified with the help of a mobile phone left behind with an unexploded pressure cooker found near to the New York bomb blast, according to officials.
It is understood he is undergoing surgery for his shoulder.
Video shows bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami in custody in Linden, New Jersey. pic.twitter.com/NrVJCPNAkC
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) September 19, 2016
He is believed to be the same man seen rolling a duffel bag in black and white surveillance video taken at the site of Saturday night’s bombing in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan which injured 29 people.
Police also believe Rahami was behind a pipe bomb that exploded in a trash can on the route of a Marine Corps run in New Jersey.
Authorities released a photo of Rahami on Monday. His name was added to key terror watch lists to prevent him from trying to leave the country, CNN reports.
An emergency alert was sent to all New York smartphones on Monday morning, notifying users of the manhunt for Rahami.
US authorities said Rahami was not on their radar before he was linked to bombings. It is not known if he acted alone.
WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, in connection to the Chelsea explosion. Call #800577TIPS with any information. pic.twitter.com/rBDQGfXwbh
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 19, 2016
Earlier Monday, FBI raided an apartment above a fried chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey, believed to be Rahami’s last known address.
The suspect was deemed armed and dangerous, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“We need to get this guy in right away,” de Blasio said on CNN. “My experience is once the FBI zeroes in on someone, they will get them.”
He declared after the suspect was caught that there is now “every reason to believe this was an act of terror”.
Rahami was reportedly sleeping in the doorway of a local bar in Linden when he was recognised by the owner, who then alerted police, according to CNN.
Early images emerging from the aftermath show a man believed to be Rahimi lying on the ground in handcuffs.
FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said the bombing suspect has been “directly linked” to devices in New York and New Jersey.
Agent Sweeney also said it was important Rahami had survived his apprehension after the shootout with police so that they could continue to investigate the attack.
“We will continue to undergo investigative activity to understand Rahami’s social network,” he said.
The raid began after a nearby Elizabeth train station — a town adjacent to Newark International Airport — was rocked by an explosion on Monday morning after a robot accidentally set off a pipe bomb while trying to disarm the device left in a rubbish bin. No one was injured.
Up to five devices were found in one backpack, which was discovered in a garbage can by two men around 8.30pm Sunday near the train station.
Officials believe Rahami is linked to that backpack, a bombing Saturday in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and the Chelsea bombing that wounded 29 people.
The series of attacks come as New York hosts world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
Bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized Afghanistan citizen, was brought into custody by police on Monday, September 19, after a shootout in Linden that left two officers injured, according to local reports. Officials released a photograph of Rahami on Monday in connection with a blast in New York City?s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday that left 29 people injured. ?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,? according to an FBI wanted poster. A suspicious device was discovered in a trash can in Elizabeth earlier on Monday. The device, found near a train station, exploded as a bomb squad attempted to disarm it. Credit: YouTube/Abel Campos