“In August 2014, the FBI initiated an assessment of Ahmad Rahami based upon comments made by his father after a domestic dispute”, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
Emirati officials in Dubai and the federal capital Abu Dhabi said they had no information on her. His uncovered face was clearly captured by surveillance cameras near the spot of the blast.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
Rahami has been charged with placing bombs at Seaside Heights and Elizabeth in New Jersey, and West 23rd Street and West 27th Street in Manhattan last Saturday.
Rahami is also suspected of planting a bomb that exploded on the New Jersey shore on Saturday, a device found near the NY blast, and up to six more devices found near the Elizabeth train station on Sunday night.
Rahami’s family, which came to the United States when he was seven, runs a restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he also worked.
The official didn’t provide details about her travels but said authorities are working with officials in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates to gain access to her.
In addition to the federal charges, New Jersey state prosecutors from Union County have charged Rahami with five counts of attempted first-degree murder for firing at police officers and two second-degree weapons counts.
Federal prosecutors in NY and New Jersey issued criminal complaints Tuesday evening charging Rahami in weekend bombings in both those states.
Law enforcement officials have repeatedly asserted that Rahami appears to have acted alone, though they have yet to explain numerous suspicious facts regarding Rahami’s family.
Messages left for family members were not immediately returned.
Trump’s apparent assertion that Rahami should be denied any kind of due process ― and the implicit credence CNN gave his view ― is a clear repudiation of the rights every criminal defendant is afforded under the Constitution.
The bombing spread fear across the NY area and revived anxiety about homegrown terrorism nationwide. A foot chase ensued, during which Rahami shot at a police auto, causing a bullet to graze another officer in the face.
Investigators also traced mobile phones used in the bombs to Rahami and said he played jihadist videos from social media.
Officials say Rahami traveled extensively in recent years to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he married and his wife became pregnant. No one was hurt but the explosion forced the cancellation of the charity race. No one was injured.
Authorities said some of the journal was unintelligible because it was damaged in gunfire when Rahmani, 28, initiated a shootout that led to his capture Monday outside a bar in Linden, New Jersey. The two left the device on the street and took the bag.
Lynch, speaking Wednesday at an International Bar Association conference, said she has full confidence in prosecutors’ ability to bring Rahami “to justice for his heinous actions”.
Investigators allege Rahami purchased bomb-making components on eBay – including ball bearings, citric acid and electronic igniters – before the attacks over the weekend. Two other law enforcement officials confirmed to CNN that Rahami went to Pakistan for approximately a year.
All five were questioned and released, Sweeney said.
Investigators say Rahami planted two bombs in the Chelsea neighborhood.
He was arrested on Monday after being found sleeping in a pub doorway in Linden, New Jersey.
The bloody notebook was pierced by a bullet during the shootout with police. The officers’ injuries weren’t life-threatening.