However, it has been reported that Rahami’s family had an uneasy relationship with the police in Elizabeth, where they run the First American Fried Chicken restaurant. Get the details right here.
Update: According to officials Monday morning, Rahami was apprehended in Linden, New Jersey on Monday morning.
Twenty-nine people were injured in a bomb blast in the busy Chelsea district of Manhattan on Saturday evening. The activity came hours after one of five devices found at the nearby Elizabeth train station exploded while a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it. He is a 28-year-old USA citizen born in Afghanistan.
The shootout came after a weekend of fear and dread in NY and New Jersey.
Authorities said Sunday night that surveillance video shows what appears to be the same person moving bombs into place at the site of the NY explosion, and a few blocks north.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28 and from New Jersey, was reportedly detained Monday in Linden, New Jersey, following a shootout that injured a policeman, CNN reported. Authorities are investigating whether he was influenced by or has any connections to global militant groups or the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. A similar, unexploded device was also found close to where the Chelsea explosion occurred later the same night.
An Federal Bureau of Investigation poster says Rahami was a resident of Elizabeth, where agents were executing a search warrant on Monday morning after explosive devices were found at a train station in that city, Mayor Christian Bollwage told CNN. Cuomo said 29 people were injured. Shortly after, another homemade pressure cooker bomb was discovered at 27th Street and successfully defused as the FBI took the device for investigation. A flip phone appeared to serve as the timer for both devices.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the bombs have similarities, suggesting “there might have been a common linkage”.
Another bomb that exploded Saturday morning at the Jersey Shore, just before hundreds of runners competed in a charity race benefiting Navy sailors and Marines, is believed to be connected to the Manhattan explosion.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted in connection to the explosions in Chelsea and Seaside Park, is in custody, a top law enforcement official said.