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U.S.: Suspect In New York, New Jersey Bombings Arrested

2 MINS READSep 19, 2016 | 15:48 GMT

Ahmad Rahami, a naturalized 28-year-old native of Afghanistan and suspect in the Sept. 17 bombings in New Jersey and New York City, was taken into custody after a gunbattle with police in Linden, New Jersey, law enforcement sources said, NBC New York reported Sept. 19. At least one officer was shot in the chest during the takedown but was not seriously wounded. Rahami was also wounded in the shootout. The blast in the Chelsea district of Manhattan injured 29 people. An unexploded pressure cooker with a cellphone attached and protruding wires was found four blocks away. A fingerprint found on one of the unexploded devices was key in leading authorities to Rahami as a suspect. The discovery of the Manhattan devices came hours after a pipe bomb exploded in a garbage can on the route of a charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Authorities said they believed the device had been timed to go off as participants were running by, but the race had been late. It was subsequently canceled and no one was hurt. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an MSNBC interview that it was unclear if Rahami was a lone wolf or involved with other individuals.

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