NYC, New Jersey police seek same man in connection to bombings

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) — Law enforcement officials on Monday said 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami is wanted for questioning in connection to explosions in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and in New Jersey’s Seaside Park on Saturday.

Rahami is a U.S. citizen originally from Afghanistan, and is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities are investigating whether Rahami was influenced by or has any connections to international militant groups or the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

“WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, in connection to the Chelsea explosion,” the New York City Police Department wrote on Twitter, sharing a wanted poster released by the FBI.

“Rahami is wanted for questioning … He is about 5′ 6″ tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair,” the FBI said in a statement.

Twenty-nine people were injured Saturday at about 8:30 p.m. when a bomb exploded in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. Hours earlier, at about 10:15 a.m., a bomb exploded at New Jersey’s Seaside Park; no injures were reported.

On Monday, the New Jersey State Police also shared a wanted poster from the FBI seeking Rahami in connection to the Seaside Park incident.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Saturday’s bombing in Chelsea “obviously an act of terrorism.”

“Whoever did this, we will find and they will be brought to justice. Life will go on in NY as normal. We’re not going to let them win,” Cuomo said in a statement, adding that “no international groups have put out statements taking credit.”

Rahami’s last known address was in Elizabeth, N.J., where a third bombing incident unfolded early Monday.

A backpack officials said held improvised explosive devices exploded Monday in New Jersey’s Elizabeth Train Station while a police robot investigated the suspicious package.

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