Man Sought in NYC Bombing Taken Into Custody

Ahmad Kahn Rahami captured after shootout in Linden, NJ
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2016 10:40 AM CDT
Updated Sep 19, 2016 11:22 AM CDT
Man Sought in NYC Bombing Taken Into Custody
This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Ahmad Khan Rahami.   (FBI via AP)

The 28-year-old sought for questioning in this weekend's bombings and near-bombings in New York City and New Jersey is in custody, reports CNN. The network says Ahmad Khan Rahami—a naturalized US citizen born in Afghanistan—was captured after a shootout with police, and AP reports the same. Images on TV showed a man believed to be Rahami on a stretcher with an apparent arm wound. NBC News reports that Rahami's fingerprints were found on a device that failed to detonate and that other evidence from cell phones wired to unexploded bombs link him to the attacks.

"He certainly seemed to do virtually nothing to cover his tracks," says one law enforcement official. The arrest came after police raided an apartment in Elizabeth, NJ, located above a fried-chicken restaurant run by Rahami's father, reports the New York Daily News. CNN also reports that one officer was shot in the hand during the raid; another was shot in his bullet-proof vest. One big question that remains unanswered: Authorities say they don't know whether the bombings are the work of one person or a group. (Read more New York City stories.)

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