Charges Filed Against Alleged Bomber Ahmad Rahami

'The sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets,' he wrote in a journal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 20, 2016 6:59 PM CDT
Charges Filed Against Alleged Bomber Ahmad Rahami
This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked a New York City neighborhood and a New Jersey shore town was taken into custody Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, after a shootout with police in New Jersey, a law enforcement official told The Associated...   (Uncredited)

Championing jihad, bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami vowed to martyr himself rather than be caught after setting off explosives in New York and New Jersey, and he'd hoped in a handwritten journal that "the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets," authorities said Tuesday as they filed federal charges against him. The AP reports a criminal complaint in Manhattan federal court provided new chilling descriptions of the motivations that authorities said drove the Afghan-born US citizen to set off explosives in New York and New Jersey, including a bomb that injured more than two dozen people when it blew up on a busy Manhattan street.

Before the federal charges were filed, Rahmani, 28, was already being held on $5.2 million bail, charged with the attempted murder of police officers during the shootout that led to his capture Monday outside a bar in Linden, New Jersey. The court complaint describes Rahami buying bomb-making equipment so openly that he ordered citric acid, ball bearings and electronic igniters on eBay and had them delivered to a New Jersey business where he worked until earlier this month. Federal agents have attempted to question Rahami in the hospital. But Rep. Tom MacArthur, who received a classified briefing from the FBI, said Rahami was not cooperating. (Read more Ahmad Rahami stories.)

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