Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-year-old a native Afghani man sought by the FBI and New York/New Jersey law enforcement in Islamic terrorist attacks, one early Saturday in Seagate, New Jersey and another Sunday evening in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, NYC is now in custody after a gun battle with law enforcement.
The episode began to unfold moments after law enforcement sent text alerts to a specified area in Linden, New Jersey informing residents to be on the lookout for the suspected jihadist describing Rahami as “armed and dangerous.”
During the brief shootout, two members of law enforcement were wounded. One officer was hit with flying glass and other took a bullet to the chest but was not seriously wounded due to his bulletproof vest.
Shortly before Rahami was taken was taken down with shot to the leg, the FBI with K-9s and Elizabeth New Jersey police raided his home in Elizabeth, New Jersey where Rahami lived with his family.
The search at Rahami’s home began after five pipe bombs were found Sunday evening at an Elizabeth, New Jersey train station not far from Rahami’s home. One of the pipe bombs exploded as a robot attempted to disarm it.
As of now, no connections have been made (officially) between Rahami and the pipe bombs found near his home. (Surprise.)
A law enforcement official, who agreed to speak about the investigation only on the condition of anonymity, said they had conclusive evidence that Mr. Rahami was connected not just to the Manhattan explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood, but also to a bombing that took place earlier on Saturday on the Jersey Shore.
The city’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, directed the entire patrol force of the New York Police Department — 36,000 officers — to step up their vigilance and be on the alert for Mr. Rahami.
Dozens of officers and federal agents were zeroing in on locations in New Jersey. At the same time, more than 1,000 officers from the city police force’s Critical Response Command and Emergency Service Unit were working to secure New York City landmarks, commuter hubs and other sensitive sites….
Law enforcement found a fingerprint belonging to Rahami on an unexploded device left at Seaside Heights, New Jersey where a pipe bomb exploded shortly before the Third Annual Semper Fi run in benefit or marines and sailors was scheduled to begin Saturday morning. The event was canceled.
Rahami was also connected to Saturday evening’s jihadist attack in the Chelsea area in Manhattan, NYC courtesy of a “of a cell phone left behind with a pressure cooker found on West 27th Street — blocks away from the explosion on West 23rd Street, a source told ABC News.”