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Rahami was arrested in Linden, New Jersey following a shootout with police 

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Welcome back to day two of The Independent's live blog on a series of explosions and potentially explosive devices discovered across New York and New Jersey. 
First, the latest on the bombing in New York, which injured 29 people on Saturday night.
The bomber is still at large, and investigators continue to search for clues to link the explosion with an unexploded bomb found four blocks away.

Both the device that went off on West 23rd St, and the unexploded bomb found four blocks away on 27th Street, were described as being pressure cookers filled with shrapnel, the same method used in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the second device appeared “similar in design” to the first, though officials haven’t revealed any further details.

But separate US media reports, citing officials off the record, say both devices had mobile phones and Christmas lights as makeshift detonators.

The 23rd St bomb contained residue of the explosive Tannerite, an FBI official said, a substance used for target practice that can be picked up in many sporting goods stores.

That differentiates the bombing from a pipe bomb blast in a New Jersey shore town earlier in the day, where a black material but no Tannerite was found.

Authorities said the Manhattan bombing and the blast 11 hours earlier at the site of a 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors in Seaside Park, New Jersey, didn't appear to be connected, though they weren't ruling anything out. The New Jersey race was cancelled and no one was injured. 

But the three devices planted in the area came just days before world leaders descend on New York for a meeting of the UN general assembly.

Police said around 1,000 extra security personnel are being deployed to New York's transport hubs.

And New York Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio said there would be a "bigger than ever" police presence in New York in the coming week.

“Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation? We do not know,” Mr De Blasio said.

"We know there was a bombing. We know it's a very serious incident. But we have a lot more work to do to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this.

"All possible theories of what's happened here and how it connects will be looked at but we have no specific evidence at this point in time."

FBI agents are questioning five suspects over the explosion that injured 29 people in a crowded Manhattan neighbourhood.

The news came as investigators were examining a suspicious device found in a rubbish bin near a New Jersey railway station, with the US on high alert.

The FBI pulled over a car that spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser described as "a vehicle of interest in the investigation" on a road in Brooklyn at 8:45pm local time on Sunday.

Law enforcement sources said five people in the car were being questioned at an FBI building in lower Manhattan.

No-one has been charged with any crime and the investigation is continuing.

And early this morning, five new suspicious devices were found in a trash can near a New Jersey train station.
Officials were alerted to the devices, all contained in the same bag, when two men reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package, at around 8.30pm local time on Sunday.
One of the devices exploded in the early hours of Monday morning as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials said. 

Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said that the FBI was working to disarm the devices when one went off. He warned that other explosions were expected. 
Investigators didn't immediately comment on whether they thought the Elizabeth incident was connected to either of the two blasts in New York. 

Bollwage said that he wasn't willing to say that Elizabeth had become a target, and that it was possible that someone worried about the authorities was trying to get rid of the package. 

"I'm extremely concerned for the residents of the community, but more importantly extremely concerned for everyone in the state and country where someone can just go and drop a backpack into a garbage can that has multiple explosives in it with no timers and then you have to wonder how many people could have been hurt," Bollwage said. 
NJ Transit service was suspended early Monday between Newark Liberty Airport and Elizabeth, and New Jersey-bound Amtrak trains were being held at New York Penn Station, officials said, while New York-bound Amtrak trains were being held in Trenton. 

Train passengers reported being stuck on Amtrak and NJ Transit trains for hours Sunday night, while some trains moved in reverse to let passengers off at other stations. Amtrak said 2,400 passengers were affected and that trains were being brought into other stations for people to get other transportation. It wasn't clear when the Elizabeth station would be open, a threat to cause major issues on the Monday morning commute into New York. 
As the hunt for the New York bomber continues, authorities are taking seriously an alleged manifesto posted on social media by someone claiming "I Am The NY Bomber".
The claim appeared as a blog post on Tumblr, and has since been taken down. While there is no evidence to suggest it is genuine, police have told US media they are aware of the page and its contents are subject to investigation.
More on that from our US team here:
More details are emerging from the traffic stop in Brooklyn, where five suspects where taken into custody for questioning.
While no one has yet been charged, police sources are telling US media that the men had a number of weapons in the vehicle with them, and that they had driven over from Staten Island and, according to the New York Daily News, may have been heading to the airport.
Police sources told Patch's New York edition that the airport line was being investigated. They said the men were believed to be connected to the Manhattan pressure cooker bombs, but did not elaborate on how.
The men were travelling in an SUV and stopped by a heavy police presence near the Verrazano Bridge late on Sunday night.
They are still understood to be undergoing questioning at an FBI facility. 
Separately, police have identified another person of interest based on surveillance footage of the streets where the two Manhattan bombs were planted.
No more details have been released yet on the person's appearance, and it is not clear yet whether there is any link between this person of interest and the five suspects arrested in Brooklyn.

A dramatic video has emerged of the moment a police robot accidentally detonated one of five explosive devices left outside a train station in New Jersey.

Officials said the bomb squad robot cut a wire on the mechanism in a bid to defuse it - but instead set off an explosion.

The device had been left in a backpack and placed in a bin outside the train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

More on that here:


The second bomb
This image posted to Twitter on Sunday purported to show the second, unexploded pressure cooker device found on 27th St after the first device exploded four blocks away.
Police have now confirmed to the New York Times that the picture is genuine.
According to the NYT, the device was loaded into what's called a "total containment vehicle", a spherical chamber attached to a trailer that is designed to completely suppress explosions up to a strength of 25 tonnes of TNT.
The vehicles are so secure that they mean unexploded bombs can be transported through cities without closing streets off to the public.
The device was taken to a police facility at Rodman's Neck, a peninsula in the Bronx where controlled explosions can take place safely. It was disabled with a small detonation, and the remains sent to be investigated at an FBI lab.

Police have reportedly obtained videos showing the moment a suspect in the New York bombing on Saturday night left one of the pressure cooker devices on the street.

Surveillance video not only shows the suspect walking up and leaving a duffel bag at the scene where officers later found an unexploded bomb, but also that the same man was present on the street where the other bomb detonated, injuring 29 people.

The footage has allowed police to identify a person of interest in relation to both devices, according to CNN. It is unclear whether the suspect is related in any way to the five men who were detained by police after their SUV was stopped in Brooklyn.

More on that here:



Commuter trains are resuming service after one of five devices found in a backpack near a New Jersey train station exploded while a bomb squad robot was attempting to disarm it

New Jersey Transit says Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains began rolling at 5:30am on Monday. However, passengers should expect delays. Port Authority Trans-Hudson trains, ferries and buses are honoring those rail tickets. 

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service is operating on a modified schedule.
FBI experts have examined remains of the Chelsea device, the second one found nearby, an the pipe bomb that blew up at the charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, some 80 miles (130 km) south of New York City.

"The crudity of the devices in all three cases certainly doesn't point to any group that's been developing IEDs [improvised explosive devices] for years," a US official involved in the investigation who requested anonymity told Reuters.

The official added that the apparent low level of planning had some investigators concerned the blasts were just a test of New York's security.

"That's what worries us: Was this some kind of test run, not just of the devices, but also of the surveillance in New York and the response?" the official added.
FBI agents and police have converged on an apartment near a New Jersey train station where one of five devices found in a backpack exploded while a bomb squad robot was attempting to disarm it. 

It wasn't immediately clear if there was a connection between the dwelling and the blast at the Elizabeth train station at around 12:30am on Monday. 

Authorities converged on the apartment just before 6am.
New York Police are seeking Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old, in connection with the Chelsea bombing.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is originally from Afghanistan and is a naturalised American living in New Jersey.

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First picture of suspect wanted in connected with New York bombing released

The IndependentPolice in New York have released details of a man they are hunting in connection with terrorist attacks. Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is originally from Afghanistan and is a naturalised American living in New Jersey. More follows
The FBI has warned that Rahami "should be considered armed and dangerous".
Here is everything we know about Rahami so far:

Everything we know about Ahmad Khan Rahami, the New York bombing suspect

The IndependentWho is he? The NYPD and FBI have said they are "asking for assistance in locating" a man named Ahmad Khan Rahami. He is 28 years old, about 5’ 6” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds (90kg). He has brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair. Where is he from? The FBI says Mr Rahami is a US citizen. He was born in Afghanistan, on 23 January, 1988.

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Authorities have arrested and identified the man they believe set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey on Sunday.

Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested on Monday morning following a shootout with police that left two officers wounded but not critically injured.

"We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters shortly after Mr Rahami's arrest.

Five people were also momentarily detained on Sunday night in a vehicle associated with Mr Rahami. Law enforcement officials said the people were questioned and released after at least one of the suspect’s relatives were driving toward John F Kennedy Airport.