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Chelsea bomber Ahmed Rahimi convicted in federal court

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] convicted [press release] Chelsea bomber Ahmed Khan Rahimi on Monday on indictments related to bombings and attempted bombings in New York City last September.

The jury found Rahimi guilty of eight counts including, among others, use and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destroying property by means of explosives and using of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Rahimi was convicted for his his acts on September 17, 2016, where he planted two bombs in New York City, which caused "injuries to over 30 people and multimillion-dollar property damage across a 650-foot crime scene."

Rihimi also faces charges [text, PDF] in New Jersey for for alleged efforts to detonate explosives in two New Jersey cities—Elizabeth and Seaside Park. On this first conviction, Rahimi faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, but he will still await formal sentencing set for January 18.

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