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Ahmad Khan Rahami Sought in Connection with NYC and NJ Bombings

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:24 am

New York Daily News:

Authorities started a fierce search Monday morning for the first person sought in connection with weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is the first person identified in connection with the bombings. New York City Mayor de Blasio said Rahami is believed to be armed and dangerous.


The FBI took five people with possible links to the Chelsea explosion into custody Sunday night in Brooklyn as authorities shut down a busy New Jersey rail station after finding multiple pipe bombs in a garbage can, police and New Jersey officials said.

Meanwhile, the guy who stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall was a “Somali-American.” ISIS has claimed responsibility for that attack — but, so far, apparently not the bombings in NYC and NJ.

I believe Dana may have something to say about President Obama’s reaction — or lack thereof — to all this.

UPDATE: Ahmad Khan Rahami has been taken into custody after a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.

59 Responses to “Ahmad Khan Rahami Sought in Connection with NYC and NJ Bombings”

  1. The story of the frog in the hot water comes to mind.

    The goal is to make this kind of thing “the new normal.”

    And because of our weird, self-blaming culture, we help our enemies create these nutjobs here.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  2. I suspected all along it might have been perpetrated by a thread of unassimilated Methodists.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  3. WaPo:

    Lagging support among Hispanic voters for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and congressional candidates in crucial races has stoked deep concern that the party and the presidential campaign are doing too little to galvanize a key constituency.

    While Clinton holds a significant lead over Republican rival Donald Trump in every poll of Hispanic voters, less clear is whether these voters will turn out in numbers that Democrats are counting on to win. Clinton trails President Obama’s 2012 performance in several ­Latino-rich states, including Florida, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. In those same states, on which Democrats’ prospects of retaking the Senate hinge, some down-ballot Democrats remain unknown to many Hispanic voters.

    DNF (ffe548)

  4. The FBI took five people with possible links to the Chelsea explosion into custody Sunday night in Brooklyn

    Relatives of Ahmad Khan Rahami. They were on the Belt Parkway heading in the direction of the Verrazano bridge. They thought they might be taking him to the airport. (Newark Airport)

    Obviously police must have been told to be on the lookout for cars with certain license plate numbers possibly heading toward mass transportation. The stop probably wasn’t planned. Had it been better planned, they’d have been waiting at the airport.

    They had him as a suspect and the secret has been blown.

    His home in Elizabeth, New Jersey, has also been searched.

    There’s an Amber alert out – or was around 8:30 or earlier – for an armed 28-year old man. don’t know if it is him.

    An emergency alert was sent out this morning asking people to call 9-1-1 if Rahami was seen.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  5. 6. Apparently some of the same items were used, although the bombs are substantially different. So maybe there’s a big boss or a supplier, but I’d still say two bombmakers.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  6. reported: Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Mr. Priebus said every Republican who ran in 2016 needs to get behind Mr. Trump. Those who haven’t — including Mr. Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — could see diminished support from the party moving forward.

    “People who agreed to support the nominee, that took part in our process, they used tools from the RNC. They agreed to support the nominee. They took part in our process. We’re a private party, we’re not a public entity. Those people need to get on board,” Mr. Priebus said. “And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, I think we’re going to evaluate our process, the nomination process, and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them.”

    DNF (ffe548)

  7. he’s probably not the cell leader, they wouldn’t take the chance to be exposed, but he likely has ties to him or her,

    narciso (d1f714)

  8. Hewitt and Goldberg opening pickle jars:

    DNF (ffe548)

  9. Breaking news: Ahmad Khan Rahami in custody, after shooting a police officer in Linden, New Jersey.

    That’s maybe about five miles southwest of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

    No details.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  10. I believe Dana may have something to say about President Obama’s reaction — or lack thereof — to all this.

    What makes Obama’s non-reaction worse is that he’s in New York City RIGHT NOW for UN Week. He’s literally at Ground Zero and STILL can’t be bothered to put out a statement?!? If nothing else, think about your own g**d*** safety!

    No one wants to see a President Biden. No. One.

    SaveFarris (3c0029)

  11. NY Post:

    Both of the Chelsea bombs were built with pressure cookers, using Christmas lights as fuses, sources said.


    That method is the same one that brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev used for the bombs they detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people and wounding more than 260.

    But the Tsarnaevs used parts from remote-control cars as triggering devices and black powder from fireworks as explosive fuel.

    In addition to cellphone triggers, the Chelsea bombs — which were packed with nails and ball bearings — contained Tannerite as the explosive material, sources said.

    Tannerite is the brand name of a compound created in 1996 for use in exploding targets that “produces a water vapor and a thunderous boom” when shot with a high-power rifle, according to the manufacturer’s website.

    DNF (ffe548)

  12. Thank you for the link, DNF 13. Hewitt is starting to wake up. Better late than never.

    DRJ (15874d)

  13. When are the American sheepj
    le going
    to realize that expelling ALL MUSLIMS is the solution?

    John Cunningham (7ea198)

  14. Rahami was first a suspect in the New York bombs but there is no explanation yet of what led them to him.

    He liked racing cars.

    He had seemed to be in the process of taking over from his father the daily operation of his family’s fast-food restaurant on Elmora Avenue in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

    Q. Was he embezzling money? That could be a reason for spending more time at the restaurant, if he at the same time was also involved in bomb plots. Otherwise, you’d expect him to be spending less time. There are actually four sons and probably two daughters.

    No real details yet.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  15. Well, I am sure Minnesota’s programs of community engagement, funding of a broad array of mental health and education programs, and community led intervention teams that pay local Somali elders to identify and reach out to youth at risk for radicalization will prevent any more of these unfortunate incidents from happening again.

    The REAL problem, of course, is that there may be a “backlash” against other Somali Muslims. We cannot let our diversity be a casualty. That’s what the terrorists really want.

    Gabriel Hanna (64d4e1)

  16. I’ve updated the post:

    Ahmad Khan Rahami has been taken into custody after a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.

    Dana (995455)

  17. 17. Well at least you try. As Goldberg points out the term alt-right refers to a vanishingly small constituency, even smaller than #nevertrump.

    15% of 25% of 50% is < 2% of the eligible voter population. 5 to 10% remain undecided, whether registered or likely.

    DNF (ffe548)

  18. 21. Diversity without assimilation is Balkanization. Not a formula for peace.

    DNF (ffe548)

  19. 22. Gotta say NYPD are impressive investigators, if not interdictors.

    DNF (ffe548)

  20. perhaps, had they not taken down the demographics unit, we’d know who else was involved in the five boroughs,

    narciso (d1f714)

  21. Sammy, Linden and Elizabeth are neighboring towns. Depending on where they captured him, it’s right next door.

    On the NJ transit system they are sequential stops.

    njrob (9912a3)

  22. Missing a few:

    Notably James Clerk Maxwell, Luther, Chandrasekhar, Goedel, Hume, Wittgenstein, Dirac, Euler, Gauss, Lambert, et alia.

    DNF (ffe548)

  23. this does resemble the zazi ghazna some 7 years ago, he was mentored by el shukrijumah, another misunderstood yoot from my neighborhood who was considered too prickly to work with abdullah muhajir (jose padilla) so they pared the latter with the other lad, younis mohammed, (sic) the ethiopian, now living in perfidious albion,

    narciso (d1f714)

  24. @DNF:Missing a few:

    Yeah, it’s a very PC list, and some of those ancient names (Hypatia, Cleopatra) there is almost no documentary evidence that could possibly establish the claims made about them.

    No doubt Cleopatra was brighter than average, but there’s no basis for a 180 IQ in her history that would not be true of anyone else in her position, such as Elizabeth I of England or Maria Theresa of Austria.

    Gabriel Hanna (64d4e1)

  25. 21. And as you suggest:

    Squeaky wheel is dripping grease. This ain’t Minneapolis, people will quietly shun accommodation.

    DNF (ffe548)

  26. Meanwhile, Maudie holds a sexist presser.

    1. Way too much ‘peaches & cream’ make-up again.

    2. Takes very few questions- only from women.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  27. Rahami was shot. Linden Police had received a call complaining that an unknown individual was sleeping in the doorway of a local bar and went there to wake the man up, assuming he was just a bum.

    Then they noticed that he had a beard and resembled the wanted person from a poster that had been circulated because a fingerprint from Rahami had been connected to a bomb. They asked him to show his hands (bad move?) and then he pulled out a gun and began to shoot and fled, exchanging fire with police and sending a barrage of bullets down the street.

    Two cops were hurt. One was hit in the abdomen at close range when Rahami fired from the doorway, but the officer was protected by a bulletproof vest and another cop was injured in the face by ricocheting debris. Rahami was sent to the hospital.

    This page has links to a number of stories and some video:

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  28. Channel 4:–393911431.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand

    Rahami was shot multiple times, including once in the leg, and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. He is expected to survive, and video showed him alert and conscious. Photos from the scene showed the thickly bearded suspect on the rain-soaked sidewalk, his hands cuffed behind his back, his shirt rolled up revealing his bare chest as he lifted his head up off the ground.

    Officials said he underwent surgery, but did not have additional updates on his condition. He is expected to be charged with attempted murder of police officers in the Linden shootout; charges related to the bombings weren’t immediately clear Monday afternoon.

    When he was running from police, he started firing at random passing vehicles.

    Authorities also raided the fried chicken restaurant owned by Rahami’s father and several other buildings in the area.

    They think he is the man in the surveillance video in Manhattan.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  29. what I suspected, of course major bane,* says nothing more to see,

    *deblasio, after the villain in dark knight rises,

    narciso (d1f714)

  30. This didn’t all happen in the United States.

    Two years ago, Ahmad Khan Rahami took a trip to Afgghanistan

    More than one:.

    Rahami was questioned every time he entered the United States, as is standard procedure, one official told CNN on Monday. But he was not on the radar as someone who might have been radicalized, the official said.

    Another official said Rahami traveled overseas a good bit, also visiting countries not in the Middle East.

    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

  31. He was complaining about the number of tickets his restraurant received, and sued several years ago, claiming discrimination:

    Ahmad Rahami filed federal lawsuit claiming cops in Elizabeth, New Jersey subjected him and his family to discrimination and ‘selective enforcement’
    Rahimis claimed that police tried to shut down their chicken restaurant too early each night with ‘baseless’ tickets and summonses

    Ahmad, 28, his father Mohammad Sr, 53, and his brother Mohammad, brought the lawsuit together in 2011.

    tey They alleged that for two years beginning in April 2009 they were unfairly targeted for staying open past 10pm despite being permitted to do so.

    One of Ahmed’s brothers got into a fight with a police officer who tried to shut down the restaurant, BBC Worldwide reported, but fled to Afghanistan before he could be prosecuted.

    Claims made in the lawsuit that people said ‘Muslims should not have businesses here’, ‘Muslims are trouble’ and ‘Muslims don’t belong here’ are reported to be completely untrue.

    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

  32. “perpetrated by a thread of unassimilated Methodists.”

    You mean aside from the one running for President?

    ” tey They alleged that for two years beginning in April 2009 they were unfairly targeted for staying open past 10pm despite being permitted to do so.

    One of Ahmed’s brothers got into a fight with a police officer who tried to shut down the restaurant, BBC Worldwide reported, but fled to Afghanistan before he could be prosecuted.

    Claims made in the lawsuit that people said ‘Muslims should not have businesses here’, ‘Muslims are trouble’ and ‘Muslims don’t belong here’ are reported to be completely untrue.”

    It is and was ever true:

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    SOBL1 ‏@SOBL1 14 Nov 2015

    Islamophobia is the fear that rednecks and hicks were right about Muslims all along

    Those cheap ethnic restaurants are getting pretty expensive!

    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  33. According to what I think I heard on the CBS Evening News it went something like this:

    The store used to be open 24 hours a day. People complained people there were rowdy. So the city of Elizabeth. New Jersey passed a special ordinance directed at that store. The store refused to abide by it.

    And maybe also they were complaining they were being asked to close before the time of closing according to the law.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  34. Sammy

    A particular feature of the show Breaking Bad was a fast food chicken restaurant called Dos Pollos Hermanos. It was used as a front for drug smuggling and money laundering.

    Pinandpuller (2a8016)

  35. and it was run by a black chilean?? engineer, as a subsidiary of a german conglomerate,

    narciso (d1f714)

  36. There are a lot of Israelis who need homes, judging from all of the bulldozing going on over there. Why don’t we bring them over here?

    I’d much rather have Hot Rachael chasing me around the mall with a jar of Dead Sea minerals than the alternative.

    Pinandpuller (2a8016)

  37. I thought it is only a Times Square souvenir store that is used for money laundering.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  38. “Did You Feel Deja Vu Watching the Media Freak Out Over Trump’s Accurate “Bomb” Comment? You Should Have — The Democrat-Media Complex Ran the Same Play Against Romney in 2012.

    Romney also made the Obama- and media-embarrassing mistake of correctly calling something terrorism that Obama and the media did not want to call terrorism, and they shrieked at him for Fighting Their Narrative.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  39. Dyspepsia Sux? Put it on your person, where the Sun never gains purchase.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  40. It’s not clear who exactly those five people in the car in Brooklyn heading toward the Verrazano Bridge were. It seems they are associates of Rahami, but are they friends, family?

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  41. Now I rad something saying they are family. NO details on how they are related and how the car os related, but he had several cars. He used to soup them up and race them.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  42. one relative is in afghanistan, another posted jihadi images online, in an approving way,

    narciso (d1f714)

  43. @50 Sammy

    So he’s an Islamic Dominic Toretto?

    Pinandpuller (2a8016)

  44. Rahami is being held under $4.5 million bail.

    This raises a question. Does anyone mean it when they assign a bail like this?

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  45. @53. Well yes, according to the New York Times

    Except that he doesn’t own a garage, and he is not knowwn to have done hijackings. But he did love racing Honda Civics.

    As for the famly business – they settled on an uneasy truce. The police let them stay open till 12 midnight or 1 am, although the ordinance was not repealed, and probably the patrons stopped urinating outside.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  46. Sammy,

    he tried to kill cops. Stop being a moron.

    NJRob (a07d2e)

  47. The relatives were the Islamic version of Tony Manero and his buds coming back from the disco.

    urbanleftbehind (cf8c18)

  48. There are further updates from yesterday and today.

    Ramadi spent a little over a year in Quetta, Pakistan, but when he got back he told friends he had been in Afghanistan. Quetta is a center for Islamists. What happened before to get him there is not been reported. Probably personal connections to Pakistani intelligence officers I would day.

    In 2014 when he tried to stab his sister or actuaklly stabbed his brotehr in the leg, or both, and the family called police, his father caleld him a terrorist, based no doubt on his behavior. Databases were checked and nothing was found, but the investigation was cut short prematurely because his father took it back saying he was only calling him names or something like that, and had no actual information. he wanted to get his won out of jail and he did get out afetr a while. The FBI has some kind of rule as to when they can investigate. The tamerlan Tsarnaev investigation (you know into possible contacts abroad ) was also cut short when Russia refused tio supply any more detail.

    The restaurant has been for sale for months,

    He had a child with a girlfriend named Maria while in high school – his daughter is now in elementary school. he also married a wife in Pakistan in 2011.

    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

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