Federal prosecutors charge Afghan-born Ahmad Khan Rahami over bombings in New York and New Jersey. Paul Chapman reports.
Man formally charged over U.S. bombings
Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested on Monday over the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey following a shootout with police.
On Tuesday federal prosecutors charged him on four counts including use of weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use.
It’s alleged the Afghan-born 28-year-old kept a hand-written journal in which he praised Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11th attacks in 2001.
The journal also accused the U.S. government of slaughtering Islamist fighters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Palestine.
Police have yet to question him in depth because of the injuries he sustained in the gunbattle with officers.
President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly lunch in New York, has praised emergency services who dealt with the weekend attacks.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING:
“I want to salute our police officers, our law enforcement officials, our first responders, for hosting us, but also showing the world the true meaning of grit and resolve so thank you again New York City and the New York, New Jersey area.”
Rahami’s accused of setting off a bomb in Manhattan that wounded 29 people, and leaving a bag with other devices in New Jersey, one of which exploded but caused no injuries.