New York, United States | AFP |
The Afghan-born American wanted in connection with weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey was taken into custody on Monday following a shootout with police, US television networks reported.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was taken into custody by police in Linden, New Jersey, law enforcement officials were quoted as saying by NBC and CNN television. Contacted by AFP, police in Linden said they had no immediate comment.
Linden is a neighboring community immediately southwest of Elizabeth, New Jersey — Rahami’s hometown where FBI officers overnight found and defused a nest of bombs planted at the train station.
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Rahami is wanted in connection with Saturday bombings in New York’s Chelsea, which wounded 29 people, and a pipe bomb attack on the Jersey shore, which caused no injuries but forced the cancellation of a US Marine Corps race.
His reported arrest came around four hours after the FBI released a mugshot of the brown-haired and bearded Rahami, calling him “armed and dangerous,” in text message alerts sent to millions of people in the New York area.