Terror Cell! Bombings in NJ and New York Connected, Suspect in Custody
The bombings in Seaside Park and New York may be connected, according to authorities, after a backpack containing 5 pipe bombs was found in a garbage can near the train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Sunday night. As the bomb robot attempted to disarm the devices, one of them detonated. The suspect in those bombings, Ahmed Khan Rahami, a naturalized citizen of Afghani descent, is in custody after a shootout with police.
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Rahami was seen in a surveillance video of the New York bombing. He was not on a terror watch list, according to officials. Authorities believe a terror cell may be at work in New Jersey and New York.
There was a suspicious package with multiple improvised explosive devices this evening at the Elizabeth Train Station in NJ. #Elizabeth
— FBI Newark (@FBINewark) September 19, 2016
Up to 5 devices have been found in a backpack in a waste basket in Elizabeth, New Jersey, mayor says. https://t.co/KJDhyP01wT
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 19, 2016
VIDEO: Mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey, says suspicious device exploded outside train station early Monday. https://t.co/bRJc65uw28
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 19, 2016
The mayor of Elizabeth New Jersey says he is concerned for the safety of everyone after five more devices were found https://t.co/KII3XpoYYI
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 19, 2016
“…you have some similarities among the bombs and the way they were made and put together and some of the technology that was used in the bombs. So there is some suggestion that there might have been a common identity across all the bombs. But again this is preliminary…I suspect there might be a foreign connection. That’s what we’re hearing today as the investigation goes on.” NY Gov Andrew Cuomo
Police and Federal agencies conducted searches of several residences as an intense manhunt ensued.
A police officer was shot this morning in the town of Linden during the manhunt for Rahami. Reports say he took a round to his vest and EMTs were called. After a shootout with police, Rahami was taken into custody.
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