Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized US citizen born in Afghanistan, had hours earlier been named in a “wanted” alert sent to millions local cellphonesas Manhattan prepared to host world leaders at the United Nations general assembly.
Police believe Rahami may have been linked to Saturday’s bombing in Chelsea and another unexploded device found nearby, both constructed in pressure cookers packed with metallic fragmentation material.
But fears of an active terror cell grew earlier on Monday morning when five other suspicious devices were found near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and one exploded as the bomb squad attempted to disarm it with a robot.
It it thought that these were connected with a third incident in New Jersey on Saturday when a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park and narrowly missed a race for marines and sailors due that morning.
Two police officers were shot and injured after they discovered Rahimi asleep in the doorway of a bar in Linden, New Jersey, late on Monday morning. Linden’s mayor, Derek Armstead, said that the owner of the bar reported someone asleep in the doorway of his business and police officer who went to investigate recognized the man as Rahami.
Rahami pulled a gun and shot the officer, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, in the torso, and more officers joined in a running gun battle down the street and brought Rahami down.