After a shootout in the city of Linden, New Jersey, police finally caught a man suspected to be involved in the New York bombing last weekend, which injured 29 people. A naturalized US citizen born in Afghanistan Ahmad Khan Rahami, with a nickname of "Mad", 28, was taken into custody after being reported as "wanted." Two police officers were wounded in the manhunt that turned out successful having Rahami in captivity.
An alert was sent to millions of cellphones in the area thru New York City's emergency notification system, alarming citizens to be on the lookout for the suspect. Rahami's photos were also widely circulated in television news channels. Police got a tip from the owner of a bar who found Rahami asleep in the doorway of his bar. Two officers were shot and wounded in the arrestscene while Rahami was taken to the hospital after being shot in the leg and shoulder.
In a report by The Guardian, FBI officials found links to Rahami being involved in the bombing in Chelsea on Saturday and to the other explosive device found nearby the scene. Both devices were said to have been made of pressure cookers with metallic fragmentation materials. The FBI also suspects that Rahami is linked with the pipe bomb blast in Seaside Park, New Jersey on Saturday and with those exposive devices found in Elizabeth on Sunday.
According to Rahami's friend, Flee Jones, 27, a change in Rahami's behavior after a year-long trip to Afghanistan in 2014 became obvious. She added that Rahami acted and dressed differently than he used to. She added, "He was more quiet and more mature," Jones said. When she asked where Rahami had gone to, the latter mentioned that he's been on vactation.
Rahami is facing charges of five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcemet officer which occured during his dramatic arrest. He is also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. His bail is set at $5.2million US dollars
New York Times reports that the FBI is still examining if Rahami was inspired or directed by the Islamic State (ISIS) or any other terrorist organization. In a televised speech, Barrack Obama calls on Americans to "not to give in to fear."