Authorities are now on the hunt for the suspect of the New York bombing that injured 29 people. 28-year old Ahmad Khan Rahami an Afghan-born man is now being sought by police for questioning.
The New York Police Department has recently announced that Ahmad Khan Rahami is now in custody. According to a report from ABC7, Rahami has been been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He is currently being held on $5.2 million bail.
A terror cell is now believed to have been behind the attacks that happened over the course of the weekend in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood and Seaside Park, as well as the failed bombing near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Raids and detentions in the metropolitan area have already begun as police scrape every inch of information they can regarding the perpetrators.
According to FOX News, authorities believe Rahami, who is a naturalized US citizen, is linked to the blasts. Rahami’s last known address was in Elizabeth, of the targets for bombing and where police found five suspicious devices one of which exploded when the bomb squad tried to disarm it.
Manhunt Ongoing For New York Bombing Suspect
The New Jersey State Police asked for assistance on its Facebook page to help locate Rahami. They included several photos of the New York bombing suspect as well as key details about him.
Born in Afghanistan on Jan. 23, 1988, he is 5-foot-6-inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, black facial hair and is considered armed and dangerous.
According to the Telegraph, New York governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the attacks may have a foreign connection. However, groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda have yet to claim responsibility for the attacks.
The blast occurred as thousands of people were strolling around one of Manhattan’s most fashionable areas. It was discovered that the explosion originated from a device placed inside a pressure cooker.
A pressure cooker was also used in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing which killed three people and injured dozens more. However unlike the Tsarnaev brothers, the New York bombing and the botched attack on New Jersey appeared to have been coordinated and not the work of lone wolves.
The White House confirmed that President Obama has been thoroughly briefed and are expected to comment very soon. For the moment the search is still ongoing for the whereabouts of Ahmad Khan Rahami.
JUST IN: FBI issues bulletin asking public to "help us locate Ahmad Rahami for questioning related to" NYC bombing. pic.twitter.com/QXw3kWTtho
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