The New York Police Department has released the name of a man they are looking for in connection to the Saturday Bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey. Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is the first person identified in connection with both New York City and New Jersey bombings.
— NJSP – State Police (@NJSP) September 19, 2016
Shortly after the photo was released, Rahami was taken into custody following a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. Linden police said they found Rahami after officers responded to a call of a man sleeping in a hallway of a local business.
According to Capt. James Sarnicki of the Linden Police Department, when an officer approached him, “The suspect pulled out a gun and fired at the officer and striking him in the abdomen,” Sarnicki said. “The gentlemen got up and started walking down the street in a westerly direction. I’m told that he was randomly discharging his handgun and one of the officers was able to get close enough to him and return fire.”
They got him! Ahmad Khan Rahami, suspect in NY bombing just apprehended. pic.twitter.com/ydfekX0af0
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) September 19, 2016
According to the FBI, Rahami was born in Afghanistan but immigrated to the United States. His last known address was in Elizabeth, N.J., the city where police found the latest set off explosive devices Monday morning.
Active Terror Cells Operating inside the U.S.
Authorities say a terror cell may be operating in the New York area, after another backpack containing five explosive devices was found at an Elizabeth, New Jersey train station on Sunday. Around that same time, five suspects were stopped in an SUV that was packed full of weapons on a bridge near a New York airport.
The latest explosive devices were discovered in a garbage can near Elizabeth Station by two homeless men at around 8:30 pm, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said, adding: “They took the package out of the trash because they thought it was of some value to them.”
Seeing wires sticking out of the bag, the men then dropped the bag and called the police.
Footage from the scene shows a police robot accidentally cutting the wrong wire on one of the IEDs, causing an explosion. One of the robots was damaged, but no one was hurt in the blast.
— ITV News (@itvnews) September 19, 2016
At 8.45pm on Sunday, FBI agents in New York stopped and detained five Muslim men on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn.
According to authorities, their SUV was packed full of weapons and bomb-making equipment. The men, who police think were on the way to an airport, were taken to Federal Plaza in Manhattan for questioning.
Officials were searching for Ahmad Khan Rahami because they believe that he is the man seen in surveillance videos before the Chelsea bombing. They also believe he may be part of a larger terror cell.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday morning that there is a possible ‘foreign connection’ behind the Chelsea bombing and stated the bombs found over the weekend all have similarities, suggesting “there might have been a common linkage.”
Minnesota Knife Attack was Conducted by Somali ‘ISIS fanatic.’
authorities are confirming that Saturday night’s terror attack at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota was carried out by an ISIS fanatic who they are calling a Somalian “soldier of the Islamic State.”
Dahir A. Adan, 22, emigrated from Somalia to the US with his family 15 years ago.
Police have said the terrorist “made references to Allah” during his knife attack rampage and asked victims whether they were Muslim before stabbing them.
The attack is being treated as an act of terrorism after an ISIS propaganda channel declared Adan was one of its operatives.
100,000 Somali Refugees Admitted to the US Since 9/11; 99.6% Muslim
According to CNS News, almost 100,000 Somali refugees have been resettled in the United States since 9/11.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota has the largest Somali-American community in the country, according to the Somali Museum of Minnesota, one which has long grappled with the problem of radicalization among some of its youth.
Since 2007, according to the FBI, several dozen young men from Minneapolis-Saint Paul have traveled to Somalia to fight with al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-affiliate. One of them, Shirwa Ahmed, became what the FBI believes was the first American suicide bomber in Somalia when he detonated a car bomb there in October 2008.
More recently, nine young men from the community were arrested on suspicion of plotting to join ISIS in Syria. Six pleaded guilty, while the other three were convicted last June of plotting to join the group and commit murder abroad.