Hunt for Ahmad Khan Rahami – CAPTURED
Officials capture Afghan-born man in connection with New York, New Jersey bombings
Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man sought in connection with bombings in New York and New Jersey, was taken into custody after a shootout with police on Monday morning, multiple law enforcement sources confirmed to Fox News.
Authorities had launched a dragnet earlier Monday in search of the 28-year-old Afghan-born man, whom they described as being “armed and dangerous”
A naturalized U.S. citizen, Rahami was being sought for questioning regarding the Saturday night blast in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, an explosion in Seaside Park on Saturday morning and a foiled bomb attack Sunday night near a train station in Elizabeth, NJ.
An eyewitness to Rahami’s capture in Linden, NJ said he saw a man walking down a street with a gun in his hand. A police car pulled up next to him and the man fired at the car 4-6 times. The shooter then began running down the street with several other police cars following him, the witness, Peter Bilinskas, told Fox News.
The FBI is asking for assistance in locating Ahmad Khan Rahami. Rahami is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion that occurred on September 17, 2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the vicinity of 135 West 23rd Street, New York, New York.
Rahami is a 28-year-old United States citizen of Afghan descent born on January 23, 1988, in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is about 5’ 6” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair.
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#SeeSomethingSaySomething Over the last few days there have been several attacks & acts of terrorism as most of you are aware. As the investigation into the explosions in Seaside Park, Chelsea, NY and the latest discovery of several improvised explosive devices (IED’s) in Elizabeth at the train station late last night we’re asking that members of the public remain extra-vigilant as they go about their day. The eyes & ears of the public can help authorities help stop or prevent a potential event
Anyone with information regarding these events is urged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI & select option 1.
Reports suspicious activity to New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or by dialing 2-1-1. IF there is an EMERGENCY (I.e. Unattended bags/parcels etc.) please contact 9-1-1 immediately.
For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
The Department of Homeland Security is actively monitoring and participating in the investigations of the explosions in New York and New Jersey yesterday.
As I do annually for this event, in preparation for the United Nations General Assembly in New York City this week, in June I designated the event a “National Special Security Event.” This means that thousands of DHS personnel, led by the Secret Service, are deployed to New York City for the security of UNGA.
DHS will provide this security for UNGA in partnership with the New York City Police Department, the Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and multiple other federal, state, and local agencies. Any area in New York City associated with UNGA will therefore be subject to an extraordinarily high level of surveillance and security.
I echo New York City officials in reminding the public in the New York City area that If You See Something, Say Something™, and contact the New York City tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Nationwide, as always, the public is encouraged to report suspicious activity and to contact your local law enforcement agency. And, if there is an emergency, call 911.