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Ahmad Khan Rahami: 8 things we know so far about the bombings suspect

Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted for questioning in the

Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted for questioning in the bombings in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and Seaside Park, N.J., was captured in Linden, N.J., on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, after he was wounded in a shootout with police, authorities said. Credit: New Jersey State Police

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in the Chelsea bombing that injured 29 people on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, was captured Monday, authorities said. Here is what we know about the suspect so far:

  • Rahami, 28, is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan.
  • His father owned the First American Fried Chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
  • Rahami’s father and two brothers sued Elizabeth, claiming that police and city officials improperly tried to restrict the restaurant’s hours, Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said. The family said citations were issued against them spawned by complaints filed by residents who made anti-Muslim comments to them. The lawsuit was terminated in 2012 after Rahami’s brother pleaded guilty to blocking police from enforcing the restriction.
  • Five of his family members were taken into custody for questioning and released Monday. No one was arrested. “They gave very significant information to the FBI,” Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said.
  • In addition to information from Rahami’s family, video of Rahami at the scene in Chelsea and evidence from an unexploded pressure cooker that was found nearby led to Rahami’s arrest, King said.
  • Police captured Rahami on Monday in Linden, New Jersey, after a shootout, authorities said. Rahami pulled a gun and shot an officer before other officers joined in and brought Rahami down, wounding him in the process, police said. Two officers were wounded.
  • Rahami is also wanted in the Seaside Park, New Jersey, bombing on Saturday morning, officials said. No one was injured.
  • There’s no evidence connecting the suspect in the Chelsea bombing to a terror cell, according to the FBI. “I have no indication that there is a cell operating here,” FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said.

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