A suspect in the Chelsea bombings has been identified. Authorities relentlessly searched for the suspect in the terrifying Sept. 17 NYC explosion, and they’ve finally released the name of who they believe to be the culprit. Get the details right here.
Police are searching for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a U.S. citizen who lives in New Jersey and was born in Afghanistan, in connection to the scary bombing in New York City on Sept. 17. The identification comes after five more explosive devices were found at a train station in New Jersey one day later, and authorities are reportedly looking into whether or not a terror cell is located in the two states, according to the New York Post.
“We need to get this guy in right away,” Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed on CNN. “My experience is once the FBI zeroes in on someone, they will get them.”
Not long after the explosion occurred in a dumpster in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, leaving 29 injured, police pinpointed a “person of interest” after watching surveillance video that showed the same man near the explosion location as well as the spot where a pressure cooker device was found nearby.
As the search for the bomber ensued, a suspicious Tumblr post was published with a supposed member of the LGBTQ community claiming responsibility for the bombing and citing LGBTQ oppression as the motive. Police investigated the mysterious blog, which has since been terminated by Tumblr, but it seemingly didn’t help lead to the actual bomber. Meanwhile, five other suspects were detained by police near the Verrazano Bridge on Sept. 18, although it still has yet to be confirmed whether or not they’re connected to either attack.
So far, no terrorist group has come forward to claim responsibility for either attack, but New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo declared that the NYC explosion was “definitely an act of terrorism.” Now that authorities have identified a suspect, we can only hope he’s caught, and that another terrifying incident like this doesn’t occur anytime soon.
HollywoodLifers, do you think there are more people involved besides this one suspect?