NEW YORK — A suspect of bombings in New York City and New Jersey was captured Monday after a shootout with police.
Police launched a manhunt on Monday for Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, an American citizen from Afghanistan, in connection to the Manhattan bombing. An explosion that went off in a dumpster in the Chelsea neighborhood injured 29 people on Saturday night.
Police said the same man was being sought for questioning in a bombing in the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park, which they believed to be linked, according to the Associated Press.
An Amber Alert with Rahami’s name went out on mobile phones in the area at 7:54 a.m. EDT Monday. Mayor Bill de Blasio warned residents that he could be “armed and dangerous.”
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President Barack Obama held a news conference that morning after being briefed by FBI Director James Comey:
Several hours later, authorities tracked Rahami to Linden, New Jersey, where they confronted him. In the ensuing gun fight, two police officers reportedly were shot and wounded and Rahami, who also was shot, was taken away in an ambulance.
He was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
Rahami’s capture occurred the same day as the discovery of a backpack containing at least five explosive devices in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The bag exploded when a bomb disposal robot tried to deactivate it.
Authorities are investigating Rahami’s motivations and whether there is any connection between the Manhattan explosion and the backpack explosives.