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Ahmad Khan Rahami: Suspect held on five attempted murder charges of cops and $5.2 million bail - live updates

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

Adam Withnall
New York, London
,Samuel Osborne,Rachael Revesz,Justin Carissimo
Sunday 18 September 2016 07:00 BST
New York bombing suspect Rahami loaded into ambulance after taken into custody

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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.


Samuel Osborne19 September 2016 12:31

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Rahami could be armed and dangerous.

"We need to get this guy in right away," de Blasio said on CNN. "My experience is once the FBI zeroes in on someone, they will get them."

Samuel Osborne19 September 2016 13:05

Juan Ramos, 20, who lives nearby to suspect Rahami’s family home and fried chicken restaurant, said the suspect was “friendly” and seemed to be happy to be part of a family-run business.

“Hes a very friendly guy, he gives me free chicken here and there, all he talked about was his cars,” he told

Ramos said the suspect's father had owned the restaurant for about 15 years.

“You’d never suspect anything like this,” Ramos said, referring to the “terrifying” bombings.

Josh Sanchez, another local resident, said the suspect had a younger brother who was often behind the counter and the chicken restaurant was a “very family-oriented business”.

Rachael Revesz19 September 2016 15:55

Bill De Blasio, the mayor of New York, has talked about the increased security around the city because of world leaders gathering at the UN.

We will have a very strong and visible NYPD presence because of this incident and obviously because of the United Nations General Assembly.

You will see our officers in the subway, you will see bags being checked, bomb-sniffing dogs, that will continue throughout the week.

So I ask all New Yorkers, continue your vigilance, continue to share all information with your law enforcement.

rob.crilly19 September 2016 18:36
rob.crilly19 September 2016 19:45

Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami is facing five counts of attempted murder of a police officer following his shootout with authorities.

The Associated Press reports that he was charged in Union County and is being held on a $5.2 million bond.

Mr Rahami is still being treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds to his leg.

Federal prosecutors have not yet filed charges in the case.

Two Linden police officers were wounded in the exchange of gunfire but neither have sustained life-threatening injuries.

Justin Carissimo19 September 2016 23:57

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