- Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, ‘under arrest’
- Five suspicious devices found near train station in New Jersey
- Comes a day after bombing that rocked popular Chelsea district
- 29 people injured, but all now released from hospital
- Everything we know so far about the New York explosion
A key suspect in the explosion that injured 29 people in New York has been arrested after a dramatic manhunt by US law enforcement agencies, local media is reporting.
Police named 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami as a suspect in an explosion in Manhattan over the weekend.
Earlier on Monday, The FBI issued a wanted poster seeking information and warning that Rahami should be considered “armed and dangerous”.
He was arrested around 11am local time after a standoff with police, according to media reports. At least one officer is believed to have been injured in the arrest.
Authorities are exploring links between the New York blast and a pipe bomb in New Jersey on Saturday morning, as well as five suspicious devices found near a train station on Sunday night, as suspicion grows that a terror cell may be behind the attacks.
On Sunday night federal authorities detained five people with possible links to the bombing in Chelsea district of Manhattan, New York, injuring 29 people, one seriously.
Police also responded to reports of a backpack with suspicious wires and a pipe found in a rubbish bin near a New Jersey train station and a pub.
One of five suspicious devices in the backpack exploded as the FBI attempted to disarm it with a robot. It was the third attack in 24 hours.
Local Elizabeth mayor Christian Bollwage said it was possible whoever had left the bag had been attempting to get rid of it. “It’s not in a highly congested area,” he told CNN.
Police have not said whether they believe the backpack is linked to the bombs in Manhattan, or an earlier pipe bomb at a train station in Elizabeth, but law enforcement officials told CNN on Monday morning that they were investigating a possible terror cell operating between New York and New Jersey.
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Sunday night’s explosion came as a local newspaper reported that a mystery caller had telephoned police hours after the New York bombings to warn that there would be more attacks.
“I’m looking at the explosion down the block. There will be more,” the unidentified man said, according to police sources who spoke to The New York Post.
No evidence has yet emerged tying the devices to known extremist groups.
Thousands of people were milling around one of Manhattan’s most fashionable areas on Saturday night when the blast ripped through the area shortly after 8.30pm local time.
It originated from a device placed in a pressure cooker outside the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 West 23rd Street. A second device was found four blocks away on West 27th Street.
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Both bombs in New York were filled with shrapnel and made with pressure cookers, flip phones, Christmas lights and explosive compound, The New York Times reported late Sunday, citing law enforcement officials.
Earlier in the day on Saturday there was an explosion at Seaside Park, New Jersey – 83 miles away – which was timed to disrupt a Marine Corps charity run.
The devices in both explosions included mobile phones. The New Jersey device contained evidence of a black powder explosive, while a source told the Associated Press that the New York device had used Tannerite, an explosive which is often used in target shooting to mark a shot with a cloud of smoke and small explosion.
Details emerge of dramatic arrest
Some details are emerging on how police tracked down and arrested the suspect.
The mayor of Linden, New Jersey has told ABC7 NY that police received a tip that a man was sleeping in the hallway of a bar. When officers arrived on scene, they recognised Rahami and a shootout ensued.
One officer was shot but reportedly saved by a bulletproof vest. The officers fired several times at Rahami before taking him into custody.
Obama praises emergency response
President Barack Obama has just addressed the nation from New York, where he is attending the United Nations general assembly.
He refused to discuss details of the suspect or his reported arrest. Instead, he praised the emergency service personnel and commended those living in New York and New Jersey for refusing to give in to terror.
“They are trying to hurt innocent people, but they are also trying to inspire fear in all of us.
“So as we have to be vigilant and aggressive, we all have a role to play as citizens in making sure we don’t succumb to that fear. And there is no better example of that than the people of New York and New Jersey.
“Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio said: ‘Folks aroud here, they don’t get scared. They’re tough. They go about their business every day’.
” That’s the kind of strength that makes me so proud to be an American. By showing the whole world that, as Americans, we do not give in to fear.”
Local media reports suspect has been caught
American news networks are now reporting that Rahami is in custody, following a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.
At least one officer is believed to have been injured in the arrest. Linden is close to Elizabeth – where Rahami lived, and where a bomb was found at the station early this morning.
Police are investigating whether he had accomplices.
The NYPD sergeant’s benevolent fund is tweeting that the officer who was shot in Linden requires emergency care.
The account also claims that the police have found more devices, and are bringing in the bomb squad and K9 units.
Rahami’s father has had run ins with the law over his restaurant
From Harriet Alexander, in New York:
The father of Ahmad Rahami, the New York bombing suspect, has had his own run ins with the law.
Court documents show that Mohammad Rahami had been in trouble with the authorities over his fast-food restaurant, First American Fried Chicken.
The takeaway restaurant is in the ground floor of their home on Elmora Avenue, neighbours said, and employed Ahmad and some of his brothers.
His sister Zobydha is believed to be a student at Rutgers University, and volunteers as a student assistant at the Asian American Cultural Center – which aims “to foster an educational climate based upon diversity and inclusiveness.”
In February 2014 Mr Rahami went to court to appeal against complaints about the restaurant, which had first began in 2008.
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He was charged with staying open late, and violating the city’s restrictions on restaurant opening hours – but prosecutors then dropped the accusations.
In 2009 both Ahmad and Mohammad Rahami were brought before a court again. And in 2011 they pleaded guilty to operating outside of licenced hours, and were fined $200 with $33 in court costs.
J. Christian Bollwage, mayor of Elizabeth, told The New York Times that the restaurant initially stayed open all night.
Neighbors, including Dean McDermott, who lives on the corner of Linden and Elmora Avenues and works as a news videographer, said the restaurant drew rowdy crowds past midnight.
Mr McDermott called the police after finding patrons loitering in his yard and urinating in his driveway.
“The City Council voted to shut it down at 10,” said Mr Bollwage. “They kept getting complaints from neighbours; it was a distress to people in the neighbourhood.”
Mr McDermott said one of Ahmad’s older brothers got in a fight with an officer who came to shut down the restaurant. Before the case could be resolved, Mr. McDermott said, the son fled to his home country, Afghanistan.
The elder Rahami sued the city, Mayor Bollwage said. Mr McDermott said that the lawsuit charged that Mr Rahami had been discriminated against because of his ethnicity.
“It was neighbour complaints, it had nothing to do with his ethnicity or religion,” the mayor said. “It had to do with noise and people congregating on the streets.”
Mr McDermott told the paper that the Rahami family and the community came to an uneasy truce.
The restaurant wouldn’t close at 10pm, but police stopped hassling them, and they would close at midnight or 1am.
Press conferences coming up
President Barack Obama is due to speak at 11.30 New York time (4.30pm).
The FBI, prosecutors and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will then hold a press conference at 12.30pm (5.30pm), so we should get some more details on the 28-year-old suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is still wanted by police.
Hillary Clinton: ‘We choose resolve not fear’
Hillary Clinton is now speaking to the press, before boarding her campaign plane in New York. She said:
“If you see something, say something to law enforcement authorities.
“We choose resolve not fear. We will not turn on each other because we face the challenge stronger together.
What about Donald Trump using this to promote his immigration policies?
“It is true that a suspect of interest has been identified. But let us remember – there are millions and millions of naturalised citizens in America from all over the world.
“This is the kind of challenge that law enforcement is made to address. So I am absolutely in favour of tough vetting – not just people who come here to settle.
“We need a strong visa system. The 9/11 attackers were not refugees. So let’s not get diverted by the rhetoric coming from the other side.
Should we be doing more on lone wolves?
“I think that the lone wolf problem is one that more resources and time should go on planning.
“The recruitment and radicalisation that goes on online must be more vigorously intercepted and prevented.
“The recruiters for Isis and these other groups look for people who demonstrate the online paranoid, the level of disillusion, the level of disappointment, that is then exploited by these recruiters. That’s why I mentioned Silicon Valley in my remarks.
“I think we need to do much more. The government cannot do this without the close cooperation of the tech companies.”
New Jersey police appeal for information on the suspect
New Jersey police are seeking information on New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in relation the Chelsea explosion and the earlier attack in New Jersey on Saturday morning, which was on the planned route for a charity run.
New York and New Jersey bombs ‘linked’
A security official has told Reuters that bombs in New York and New Jersey were linked.
It is not yet clear if this means all of the devices found since Saturday’s explosion in Chelsea, or only the devices found at the Elizabeth train station on Sunday night.
Reuters is also reporting that investigators believe there are more people involved in the plot.
As it stands, suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami is wanted only in connection with the Chelsea explosion.
FBI search Rahami’s flat in New Jersey
FBI agents are searching an apartment in New Jersey that is tied to the 28-year-old man wanted for questioning in the New York City bombing.
Ahmad Khan Rahami has lived at that address in Elizabeth, which is above a fried chicken store. The 28-year-old is a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan.
Authorities converged on the apartment early Monday after one of five devices found at the nearby Elizabeth train station exploded while a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it.
No one was injured.
‘We can’t play into the Isil narrative’
More from Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary…
Mr Earnest said he would not discuss individual suspects.
But he did speak in broad terms about the lure of jihadi ideology – and about how it was wrong to use this to turn against immigrants and Muslims.
“We are in a narrative battle. Isil want to project the West as being at war with Islam. It’s a mythology. And we’re debunking that myth.
“A few years ago Isil were on the march. We’ve made important process in Syria, retaking ground. We have taken out their senior leaders.
“We can’t play into this narrative that somehow the United States is fighting Islam.
“There are hundreds of thousands of Muslims in our armed forces now – they are doctors, teachers, lawyers. They are making a positive contribution to our society.
“We cannot paint them with a broad brush.
“That is counter to who we are as Americans.”
White House press secretary: ‘We are safe’
Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, is speaking on CNN now and says that President Barack Obama will likely address the New York bombings later today.
But he insisted Americans were safer now than in 2001, at the time of the Twin Towers attacks.
“I think we are safe. “And there is no denying that, 15 years after 9/11, our country is much better equipped to combat terror.
“That is due to our people here, and also our troops abroad.
“Just earlier this month the US military took two separate strikes against senior Isil leaders. We are continuing to apply pressure. “But another thing we need to do is disrupt these lone wolf attacks. “The president has acknowledged that this is a big challenge.
“We’ve seen the Department of Homeland Security doing a good job to shut down online hatred – working with Google Facebook and so on.”
‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, named
Police have named 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami as a suspect in the New York bomb attack.
Police and the FBI released a photo of Rahami, a naturalised US citizen of Afghan origin, saying he was “wanted” for questioning in the explosion Saturday night in the Chelsea neighborhood.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on CNN that Rahami, of New Jersey, “could be armed and dangerous.”
“We know a lot more than we did just 24 hours ago. It’s certainly leaning more in the direction that this was a specific act of terror,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Rahami’s last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Five members of his family were arrested overnight, Pete Williams, the homeland security correspondent for NBC News reports.
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