Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was apprehended Monday, Sept. 19, after a shootout in Linden, New Jersey, just hours after local and federal authorities launched a massive manhunt to capture him on suspicion of planting bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend. An alert with his photo was widely published by cell phone. Rahami, who is of Afghan origin, is believed to have had accomplices. Our sources add that the five occupants of an SUV packed with IEDs stopped on a Brooklyn highway Sunday night are relatives. They were taken in for questioning.
Rahami was wanted for questioning in the Chelsea bombing, in which 29 people were injured, and two bombing incidents in New Jersey. Rahami, a naturalized American citizen born in Afghanistan and resident of New Jersey, was described as “armed and dangerous.”
The alert and photo of the wanted man were accompanied by the police raid of Rahami’s apartment in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after an explosion was triggered at the local rail station by a bomb squad robot examining a bag that turned out to contain five pipe bombs.
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