US Authorities Identify Suspect in New York Explosions

تم نشره في Mon 19 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Members of the New York City Police Department at a previous bombing site in August, New York city, USA - (Reuters)

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON — US authorities were searching on Monday for an Afghanistan-born American in connection with a New York City bombing that left dozens injured and could be linked to pipe bombs found in New Jersey.

Investigators believe more people were involved in the New York and New Jersey bombing plots, two US officials told Reuters.

The New York Police Department released a photo of 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to question him about a Saturday night explosion that injured 29 people in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood and for a blast earlier that day in Seaside Park, New Jersey, authorities said.

Ahmad Khan Rahami in a photo released by the FBI. - (REUTERS/FBI)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN that Rahami might be armed and dangerous.

The attacks came as world leaders prepared to gather at the United Nations in New York for the annual General Assembly. The Chelsea bombing, coming just days after the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, put the most populous US city on edge.

Federal authorities now believe that the explosion in Chelsea, where another explosive device was found nearby, was linked to as many as six explosive devices found just outside New York in Elizabeth, Homeland Security officials told Reuters.

No one was injured in the Saturday morning explosion along the route of a running race in Seaside Park, about 60 miles south of Manhattan, New Jersey State Police said.