Chelsea bombing suspect charged News
Chelsea bombing suspect charged

Ahmad Rahami [CNN profile], the suspect in last week’s bombings in New York and New Jersey [USA Today timeline], was charged [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Tuesday. The charges include: Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Bombing a Place of Public Use, Destruction of Property by Means of Fire or Explosive, and Use of a Destructive Device During and in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence. Rahami is also facing similar charges [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website]. The bombings, which took place on Saturday, injured 29 people in New York, and no one was injured in the New Jersey attack. Rahami was arrested the following Monday after sustaining injuries during a shootout with police. The suspect also faces charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer [CNN report] stemming from the shootout.

A bomb went off in Seaside Park, New Jersey, on Saturday morning. The location was serving as the venue for a Marine Corps charity race. That evening an explosion occurred in Chelsea, injuring 29 people. Numerous explosive devices were uncovered in the city throughout the weekend. Ahmad Rahami was identified as the suspect behind the bombings from surveillance video and fingerprinting. Rahami’s father reported him in 2014 [NYT report] as a suspected terrorist.