7. 09/17/16 - 9:30 AM - Seaside
Park, NJ. A bomb exploded in a garbage can near the start of a
Marine Corps charity run. Later, three more pipe-bomb-type
devices wired together were found near the boardwalk in Seaside
8. 09/17/16 - 8:30 PM - A bomb
explodes in a dumpster in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan,
New York. A second device built from a pressure cooker and
containing wires and a mobile phone is discovered a few blocks
from the first blast site.
9. 09/18/16 - 8:30 PM - Police
respond to reports of a suspicious backpack with wires and pipes
in a rubbish near a station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They
discover multiple IEDs, detonating one via a bomb disposal robot.
09/19/16 - NYPD confirm that suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, a
naturalised US citizen born in Afghanistan, has been taken into
custody in Linden following a shoot-out with police during which
two Linden police officers were injured. Rahami is then linked to
all three bombing incidents (#7 - # 8 - #9). Mohammad Rahami
(father of Ahmed) and his family attended Dar-Ul-Islam
mosque (near the Islamic Center of Union County; see #9) when
they first moved to the area. The elder Rahami did charity work
and prayed on a near-daily basis at the community center.
02/13/18 Update: According to prosecuters, Ahmad Khan Rahami, who has been imprisoned at the New
York Federal Jail since his capture, has been giving other
inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials,
including speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin
Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki. Our taxpayer dollars are at work
helping him to recruit more jihadis within the USA while under
Federal custody. Rahimi also allowed some inmates to view
materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he
spread "The Book of Jihad," bomb-making instructions
and various issues of a propaganda magazine. We just don't
"get it." As Walt Kelly's Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and
he is us."
In New York city, two law enforcement officials told the New York
Times that investigators discovered handwritten notes in Arabic
near the truck that indicated allegiance to ISIS. Officials said
Saipov yelled, "God is great" in Arabic.