President Obama has spoken out against the bombings in New York and New Jersey, insisting that the American way of life would not be undermined by fear and hate.
His remarks came shortly before suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested during a shoot-out in Linden, New Jersey.
He was being sought for questioning following the detonation of a pipe bomb beside a 5k run in New Jersey and a bomb in Chelsea on Saturday evening, which injured 29 people.
“If you see something suspicious, then you need to say something,” said the president.
He added that the bombings were being investigated as potential acts of “terrorism”, although authorities have suggested that the suspect was not on any terrorism watchdog list.
Rahami, a US naturalised citizen from Afghanistan, managed a fried chicken restaurant with his family in New Jersey since 2002.