Update: Chelsea Explosion Suspect Named As Ahmad Khan Rahami

_91300617_rahami1New York officials are looking for Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Afghanistan for questioning over Saturday’s Chelsea Explosion blast in Manhattan.

The bomb injured 29 people and another unexploded device was found nearby.

Early on Monday, a backpack containing up to five devices exploded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when a bomb disposal robot tried to deactivate it.

New York’s governor said there were “commonalities” between the bombs.

New York’s governor said there were “commonalities” between the bombs.

The 28-year-old suspect’s last known address was in Elizabeth.

FBI officials were searching a residence in the New Jersey city on Monday.

What we know so far

Investigators have warned that the suspect should be considered “armed and dangerous”.

Millions of New York residents received a phone alert on Monday morning after the Notify NYC alert system was used to name the suspect.

“Anyone who sees this individual or knows anything about him or his whereabouts needs to call it in right away,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on source.rahami-wanted-image_0

_91301892_89c9b32b-60a8-4d68-9b0c-3c11c6a06673Both the bomb that went off in New York on Saturday and the unexploded device found nearby were shrapnel-filled pressure cookers, according to US media.

 … Officials had said over the weekend there were no confirmed links to international terrorist groups.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that there might be a foreign connection to the Chelsea Explosion in Manhattan attack. Officials had said over the weekend there were no confirmed links to international terrorist groups.

President Barack Obama, who is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, is being kept up to date with the investigation, a White House spokesman said.

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The backpack in New Jersey was found near the railway station in Elizabeth.

It was picked out of a bin by two men on Sunday evening, who thought the bag could contain something of value.

“That was not a controlled explosion,” said Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage, adding that the blast, in the early hours of Monday morning, happened as a robot examining a device cut a wire. No one was injured.

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These are the attacks in the US over the weekend that caused security alerts:

  • A pipe bomb exploded on the route of a charity race in New Jersey on Saturday, forcing the event to be cancelled but causing no injuries
  • Also on Saturday, nine people were stabbed at a shopping mall in the US state of Minnesota, in an attack apparently carried out by a 22-year-old ethnic Somali.
  • At least 29 people were injured in an “intentional” Chelsea Explosion area of Manhattan at around 21:00 (01:00 GMT on Sunday)
  • Another device was later found four blocks from the site of the blast and destroyed in a controlled explosion
  • A backpack containing suspicious devices was found in Elizabeth, New Jersey, late on Sunday
  • One device found in Elizabeth exploded early on Monday as a bomb disposal robot tried to deactivate it

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Via source

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