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NJ Police Arrest Afghanistan Native Sought In Bombings After Shootout

Ahmad Khan Rahami
Ahmad Khan Rahami Photo Credit: FBI

UPDATE: The FBI on Monday afternoon confirmed the capture of a 28-year-old Elizabeth man wanted for questioning in connection with Saturday night's bombings in midtown Manhattan and Seaside Park, as well as several bombs found at a train station near his home, after a shootout in Linden.

Investigators believe Ahmad Khan Rahami acted alone, FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said during a Manhattan news conference.

Officials with the FBI's Newark Field Office say they "would like to thank all the hard working men & women of law enforcement who have worked around the clock to apprehend Rahami."

The bureau also honored "the heroism of the Linden PD. Wishing a fast recovery to the 2 wounded officers."

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Linden police got a call about 10:30 a.m. of a man sleeping in the doorway of a local bar, which was closed, Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki told MSNBC.

A responding officer found Rahami, he said.

"Show your hands," the officer told Rahami, the captain said.

Rahami pulled a gun and fired one shot, hitting the officer in the abdomen, he said. The officer's bulletproof vest took most of the blow.

The officer returned fire and Rahami walked down the street, "indiscrimnately firing his weapon at passing vehicles," Sanicki said.

Several officers responded -- one of whom was hit in the face with shrapnel, he said.

Rahami was shot several times but was conscious when loaded into an ambulance, authorities said.

Rahami is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, said authorities who also conducted several raids Monday morning in Elizabeth, where five bombs were found in a train station.

The FBI had released a statement early Monday that Rahami was wanted for questioning in the Manhattan bombing.

Police also took five people into custody Sunday night after stopping a "vehicle of interest" on the Belt Parkway coming off the Verrazzano Bridge.

The first weekend explosion was in a trash can near the Seaside Park boardwalk as a charity 5K race to benefit U.S. military members was about to begin Saturday morning in New Jersey. No one was injured and the race was canceled.

Then came another trash can bombing on West 23rd Street off Seventh Avenue, which injured 29 people around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Another device was found blocks away.

The FBI said several “improvised explosive devices” were found packaged Sunday night in a trash can near the Elizabeth train station. It was detonated while a robot was securing it, but no one was injured, the FBI said.

No charges had yet been filed as the investigation continued.

Commuters on Monday were greeted by 1,000 additional police and National Guard Troops across New York City, deployed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to guard transit stations and area airports as a precaution after the bombing.

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