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Bombing Suspect Arrested After Shootout In New Jersey

LINDEN, NJ (CBS) – Bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was wheeled into an ambulance after a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey Monday morning. Rahami had been on the run since Saturday’s bombings in New York City and the Jersey Shore.

“We have directly linked Rahami to devices from New York and from Saturday in New Jersey,” said Bill Sweeney of the FBI.

Police say Rahami, a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan, was caught on surveillance video near the explosion in Chelsea that left 29 people injured. WCBS in New York obtained video that appeared to show Rahami dragging a bag on wheels down the street before the bomb went off Saturday night.

Bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami captured on surveillance camera (WCBS)

Bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami captured on surveillance camera (WCBS)

Sources tell CBS News one of Rahami’s fingerprints was found on an undetonated device.

“We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Authorities say Rahami was sleeping in the doorway of a local bar when two officers confronted him. He shot one officer and took off running.

“We did return fire to the suspect, striking him several times and taking him down,” said Capt. James Sarnicki of the Linden Police Department.

Early Monday, the FBI raided the suspect’s apartment in Elizabeth, New Jersey and collected evidence. Investigators also recovered a backpack filled with bombs at a nearby train station including one that a robot detonated.

So far, authorities say there is no indication Rahami is part of a cell. President Obama is urging everyone to remain vigilant. “I think it’s important to remember what terrorists and extremists are trying to do,” President Obama said. “They are trying to hurt innocent people and they also want to inspire fear in all of us.”

Police have detained at least five others in connection with the bombings. The FBI says they detained a car of interest Sunday night, and several people were questioned and released.

Rahami will be charged with five counts of attempted murder and two gun charges.


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