Police Take NYC, NJ Bombing Suspect Into Custody
Moments ago, police took Ahmad Khan Rahami into custody. He is a 28-year-old Afghan-born U.S. citizen who was wanted in connection with the explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City on Saturday.
This new development came after New York Police Department officials released his photo this morning on social media. He was reportedly seen on surveillance footage in the area near where the bombs were planted.
When asked if this was an act of terrorism, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Good Morning America “it’s definitely leaning in that direction.” It’s not known whether any accomplices were involved. Saturday’s blast injured 29 people.
Authorities now believe several incidents over the weekend may be connected: the explosion in New York City, a pipe bomb explosion just before the start of a Marine Corps charity race in New Jersey and five suspicious explosive devices in Elizabeth, New Jersey; one of which detonated as police personnel were trying to dismantle it.
Evidence recovered will be tested at the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia.
In the meantime, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wasted no time in making sure everyone is kept safe.
“We have no reason to believe at this time that there is any further immediate threat, but just to err on the side of caution, we will be deploying close to an additional 1,000 New York State Police and National Guard (members)..,” Governor Cuomo said in a press conference yesterday. Those patrols will be throughout New York State “at high-profile locations” according to a statement from the Governor’s office.
“Protecting the safety of New Yorkers and our state’s visitors is priority number one,” he said.
(Photo Credit: Don Pollard/ Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo)