29 injured in NY as 5 bombs found used flip phones as a detonator
The man wanted in connection for two bombings and an attempted bombing in New York and New Jersey this weekend has been arrested after a shootout with police.
Two officers have reportedly been injured in the shootout with Ahmad Khan Rahami in Linden, New Jersey, not far form the 28-year-old's hometown of Elizabeth. The mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey said that one of the officers was shot in the vest and the other was shot in the hand. Rahami was also shot, and was taken from the scene in an ambulance, a gunshot wound noticeable on his right upper arm.
'I just heard three rounds of shots,' one Twitter user said just before 11am.
Pictures from the scene show a man appearing to be Rahami laying on the ground with his hands restrained behind his back, before he was put on a stretcher.
Witnesses told DailyMail.com that Rahami was found sleeping in the entryway of a bar called Merdies on Elizabeth Avenue. Bar owner Harry Barnes asked Rahami to move because he didn't want him to get injured by some broken glass on the ground. Barnes spoke to Rahami in Spanish, and Rahami answered in English. When the two locked eyes, Barnes recognized the man's face and ran across the street to another business he owns to call 911, neighbor Sandy Percoski said.When police showed up, Rahami pulled a gun and started shooting.
Law enforcement say it was fingerprints left behind on one of the unexploded pressure cooker bombs in Manhattan that led them to Rahami.
Ahmad Khan Rahami has been taken into custody after a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey Monday morning. Rahami is pictured laying on the ground with his hands restrained behind his back above after the shootout
Rahami was also shot during the shootout and was taken from the scene on a stretcher, sporting a bloodied bandage to his upper right arm
The mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey told reporters that one of the officers was shot in the vest and the other was shot in the hand
According to the FBI's wanted poster, Rahami is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan.
Earlier Monday, FBI agents stormed Rahami's apartment in Elizabeth. The apartment is located above First American Fried Chicken, a restaurant that Rahami's family owns.
Elizabeth was also the site of a foiled bomb plot on Sunday, after police found and deactivated five pipe bombs at the local train station.
Neighbors told DailyMail.com that the family who live in the building had recently changed the way they dressed.
One witness said: 'Up until recently they wore regular clothes like us and then they started dressing in their culture's clothes.
Rahami is seen above in CCTV footage released by the FBI on Monday. He is now suspected in connection to the two bombings in New York City and the Jersey Shore, and the attempted bombing in Elizabeth, New Jersey this weekend
Rahami is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan. He is pictured above in three separate pictures. A neighbor says his family started dressing more traditionally recently
FBI detectives were searching through Rahami's Elizabeth, New Jersey apartment (above First American Fried Chicken) Monday morning
On Sunday, law enforcement stopped a car in Brooklyn and apprehended five armed people inside. It's now believed that this group is related to Rahami. They were headed to JFK Airport, but it's unclear whether they planned on carrying out another attack or were trying to flee the country. The five people were taken to FBI headquarters for questioning.
DailyMail.com also revealed that Rahami sued his local police force in 2011 for discrimination. The lawsuit claimed that the local police tried to shut down their fried chicken business early every night, even though they have a special license to keep it open late. Ahmad his father Mohammad Sr, 53, and his brother Mohammad, brought the lawsuit together and said that local residents also racially abused them and said: 'Muslims don't belong here'.
Twenty-nine people were injured Saturday night when a pressure-cooker bomb exploded inside a dumpster in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
Surveillance video reportedly shows the same man dropping off a bomb on that street, as well as another street where an unexploded IED was later found.
After dropping off a duffel bag at the second location on 27th street, two other men are seen taking a white garbage bag out of the duffel bag and placing it on the street. It's believed that the trash bag contained the second pressure cooker bomb. Authorities refused to say whether the two men were associated with the first man caught on surveillance footage.
Public records show that Rahami lived at the address with several members of his family. Above, FBI agents search the home and family business on Monday
Above, another view of the apartment FBI agents were searching Monday morning. The Rahami apartment is located above the First American Fried Chicken restaurant, which the family also owns and operates
25 injured as blast rips through Chelsea NYC - hours after bomb targeted military run in New Jersey
Three pipe bombs found in New Jersey and two IEDs that terrorized New York City on Saturday all have one thing in common - cell phones.
An old-school flip phone was used as a timer in all five home-made bombs.
Authorities said they still have not found any indication the incidents in New Jersey and New York are related, but in both cases flip phones were used as timers to detonate the explosives.
All phones used as detonators were similar in design, according to PIX11
After five home-made bombs were found in the tri-state area, officials have said the commonality between the devices is that all used old-fashioned flip phones as detonators
Authorities said they still have not found any indication the incidents in New Jersey and New York are related, but in both cases flip phones were used as timers
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (second from right) look over the mangled dumpster believed to be the site of the explosion
All phones used as detonators were similar in design and officials say another similarity was the lack of know-how that went in to making the bombs
Out of the five devices found or detonated on Saturday, three failed to work as designed. However, the one that went off in Manhattan injured 29 people and caused extensive damage
The similarity between how the bombs were made and the use of old school cell phones has led to some speculation the blasts in two states could be related
'We do not have any specific evidence of a connection, but that will continue to be considered. We're not taking any options off the table,' New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Pipe bomb-style device' explodes along military 5K route in NJ
Fire Department officials say 25 people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion that occurred onight on Manhattan's West 23rd Street, possibly in a dumpster.
The explosion occurred around 8:30 p.m. in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.
City officials are planning to brief the public sometime after 11 p.m.
Fire and police crews are on the scene of the blast, which took place on West 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Several area businesses shut down in the aftermath of the explosion and authorities cordoned off several buildings, eventually allowing residents back in several hours later.
Mass transit has been routed around the area as the investigation proceeds.
ConEd crews are on the scene and officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been called in.
Preliminary reports point to the explosion happening inside of a dumpster.
Witnesses reported feeling the ground shake, and photos posted online showed broken glass in nearby buildings. Others say they were ushered out of a nearby restaurant for their own safety after the blast occurred.
23rd Street is currently shut down between Fifth and Eighth avenues.
Due to the incident, the MTA reports there is no 1 or 2 train service between Penn Station and Chambers Street in both directions.
In addition there is no F train between Jay St-Metrotech and 21 St-Queensbridge, with some F trains running on the G line between Bergen St and Queens Plaza in both directions.
Some southbound E and F trains are terminating at 21 St-Queensbridge, while some southbound E trains are running on the R line from 36 St-Queens to Whitehall St-South Ferry.
M5, M7 and M23 buses are also being detoured around the area.
Police responded to an explosion in Chelsea on Saturday night. The fire department was deployed to a building (pictured) at 135 West 23rd Street near Sixth Avenue around 8.30pm
The blast at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Chelsea is thought to have come from a dumpster (pictured) and could have come from an explosive device
The FBI and NYPD Counterterrorism Unit are investigating but there is no confirmation on what caused the blast yet.
Authorities have ruled out gas as a cause for the explosion. First responders fear there could be a secondary device, but none have been found
Jose Vasquez (pictured) was a victim of the explosion. He was being treated in an ambulance on the scene
At least 26 victims (pictured) were being treated for their injuries and dozens of them were taken to local hospitals in the area
President Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation and it was reported that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is now on the scene of the blast.
'It was really loud, it hurt my eardrums. My 10-year-old boy was sat in the back seat of the car, and the explosion blew the back window out,' said Tsi Tsi Mallett, who was in a car driving along 23rd Street when the explosion took place.
Her son was not injured.
Simitrio Ramirez, 53, who lives nearby in the area said he was home when he felt the explosion.
'With construction in the area, I thought something big fell,' he told Daily Mail Online.
He said he could feel his apartment shake when the explosion happened. A witness who did not want to be identified was with friends in an apartment nearby when he said they could feel the windows cave in.
An officer told Daily Mail Online they are blocking off the area two blocks north and two blocks south of Sixth Avenue and 23rd Street.
First responders fear there could be a secondary device, but none have been found.
Authorities have ruled out gas as a cause for the explosion.
The blast, according to a witness, occurred on 23rd Street, a major east to west thoroughfare in the fashionable downtown neighborhood of Chelsea.
Hundreds of people were out and about in the neighborhood when the explosion occurred.
The Chelsea neighborhood is known for its nightlife fun, with its many bars and clubs that are heavily populated on the weekends.
A car seen driving through the area had its rear window blown out.
Officers with police dogs are searching the premises for any remnants of a bomb or explosive device, if there is one, authorities reported.
New York City Police issued a bulletin advising motorists in the area that they should 'expect extensive traffic delays and emergency personnel in the area of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue' due to police activity there and asking the public to avoid the area.
Hundreds of people were seen fleeing down the block, as police cordoned off the area.
The MTA announced that the F, M, PATH train to New Jersey, the 1 and N trains have been shut down because of the explosion.
Multiple social media users posted photos of the aftermath and injured victims.
A police officer speaking to a concerned woman who said she knows someone in the building who had their windows blown out said they were doing a room-to-room search of the building and a search of the area.
At the scene crowds of people were seen standing around and taking photos of the scene. The area has a heavy police presence and several emergency responders.
The explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood comes just hours after the deadly pipe bomb that exploded along a route where thousands of runners were due to take part in a charity run in New Jersey
The explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood comes just hours after the deadly pipe bomb that exploded along a route where thousands of runners were due to take part in a charity run in New Jersey.
More than one thousand spectators, including war veterans and small children, had gathered just a few blocks from the blast in Jersey Shore town on Saturday afternoon.
Two more pipe bombs, that hadn't exploded, were found in a garbage can near the event which sought to raise money for marines and sailors.
The pipe bomb near D Street exploded about 9.30am - the exact time runners were due to pass that location.
No injuries were reported but bomb-sniffing dogs have continued to look for more bombs in the area.
Explosive experts in New York will be comparing the Manhattan explosion to the New Jersey one to see if the two have anything in common.
Hundreds of people were seen fleeing down the block, as police cordoned off the area. An officer and his police dog search for possible explosive devices
An explosive device went off in a garbage pail Saturday morning along the route of a 5K run and walk to benefit military soldiers.
Multiple devices were also found "wired together" in the same garbage pail, but they did not detonate, according to Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
The explosion occurred along the route of the Seaside Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K at around 9:30 a.m.
The device is being described as a "pipe bomb-style device" based on a preliminary investigation by officials from the New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad, Della Fave said.
Bomb squad officials are examining the remaining undetonated devices.
"We've evacuated within a four-block perimeter. Traffic into Seaside Park is closed, but (motorists) are allowed to go to Seaside Heights," Della Fave said.
The run began on the pavement near The Sawmill at North Ocean and Stockton avenues and then proceeded down to 14th Avenue, onto the boardwalk, finding back The Sawmill, according to event details posted on Seaside Semper Five's website.
No one was injured in the blast, but the area "is on lock down while bomb dogs search of additional devices," according to a statement from the county prosecutor's office. At least one other device was found, the statement said.
Federal and state law enforcement agencies were deployed to investigate the scene, including officials from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the state police bomb squad and the county prosecutor's office, Della Fave said.
"People should avoid the area," Della Fave stressed.
There was "no real damage to structures," he said.
He added, "Thankfully no one was in the area when it took place."
The start of the run was delayed, which "thankfully avoided a large number of runners in the area," the statement said.
A person on social media posted hearing a "very loud explosion" in the area.