The White House is now calling the bombs planted in New York and New Jersey an “act of terrorism” as federal prosecutors file charges against the Afghan-American believed to have planted them. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
White House: bombings were ‘act of terrorism’
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STORY: The White House said on Tuesday (September 20) it appeared that bombing attacks in New York and New Jersey on the weekend were an act of “terrorism.”
“It does appear this was an act of terrorism and that’s why the investigation is being conducted the way that it is,” Josh Earnest, White House spokesman said. “We obviously want to ensure we understand exactly as much as we can about what may have been motivating him. You know, that’s that’s part of an investigation that will keep the country safe It also is an opportunity for us to learn some lessons,” Earnest said during a press briefing in New York City.
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged the Afghan-born man arrested after weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey with four counts including use of weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use.
The charges were laid out in a federal complaint that said a handwritten journal was found on the suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami that praised Osama bin Laden, the late leader of al Qaeda and accused the U.S. government of slaughtering Islamist fighters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Palestine.
Rahami, 28, was suspected in the weekend bombings, including a blast on Saturday night in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood that wounded 29 people, and another on the New Jersey shore that injured no one earlier that day.