New York bombing suspect in custody after shootout
September 19th, 2016 at 11:22 pm
New York bombing suspect in custody after shootout

New York – Police have captured an Afghanistan-born American in connection with a series of blasts in New York that wounded 29 people, US media reported Monday.

The suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami was captured after firing at police officers in Linden, New Jersey, about 32 km outside New York, said Chris Bollwage, the mayor of Elizabeth.

The man was taken to custody, the mayor added.

Two officers were shot, one in the hand and the other in a bullet-proof vest, he said.

“Mr. Rahami also sustained shots and an ambulance has taken him away,” Bollwage said.

Video from WABC television showed a conscious man described as Rahami on a gurney and being loaded into an ambulance.

Investigators believe more people were involved in the New York and New Jersey bombing plots on Saturday.

Five people have earlier been taken into custody over the ‘deliberate’ explosion in New York City, according to a BBC report.

In a report the broadcaster said that the bomb detonated on Saturday, and another device found        nearby, were both shrapnel-filled pressure cookers – similar to the bombs used at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Citing top law enforcement officials, the New York Times said the two devices used flip phones and Christmas lights designed to trigger the explosive.

The blast, in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, was called as a terror act, but no motive could be identified. The second device was found four blocks from the site of the explosion and was removed safely.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said it appeared to be “similar in design” to the exploded device.

Both were different from a pipe bomb that detonated earlier on Saturday on the route of a charity race in New Jersey, Cuomo added. That explosion caused no injuries.

The unexploded second device was destroyed by police in a controlled explosion late on Sunday.

No group has said it carried out the attack.

New York Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation? We do not know.”

“We know there was a bombing. We know it’s a very serious incident. But we have a lot more work to do to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this.

“All possible theories of what’s happened here and how it connects will be looked at but we have no specific evidence at this point in time.”