Afghan-origin man wanted in weekend bombings arrested


NEW YORK, Sept 19 (APP): The man suspected in the weekend bombings  in New York and New Jersey has been arrested after a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey, authorities said.

Police found 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a US citizen of Afghan origin, outside a local bar, Union County acting prosecutor Grace Park  said Monday.

Rahami was shot by police and taken to a hospital in Newark, New  Jersey, where he was undergoing surgery.

Officials believe he had been cooperating with a terrorist group that orchestrated both bombings in New York and New Jersey.

Sources said Rahami was wanted for the blasts in New York City and Seaside Park, New Jersey, as well as the pipe bombs found Sunday night in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The most destructive incident took place Saturday night in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York City, where 29 people were injured. Earlier Saturday, a garbage can exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

And on Sunday night, two men discovered five devices in a trash can Sunday night and informed the authorities.

President Barack Obama, in a televised statement, called on US citizens to remain vigilant and offered the federal government’s full assistance in the ongoing, multiagency investigation.

The heightened alert comes as world leaders gathered on Monday in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that people would see “a  very substantial NYPD presence this week – bigger than ever.”