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Person of Interest in NYC explosion Named

New York police are looking for Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized Afghan citizen, for questioning regarding the explosion that injured 29 people in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday night. 

Bill De Blasio, New York City’s Mayor, said that Rahami may be armed and dangerous.

“We need to get this guy in right away,” de Blasio told CNN. “My experience is one the FBI zeroes in on someone, they will get them.”

While there still are no solid links to international terrorism, investigators have not yet ruled it out completely.

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Police are also investigating possible links to several other explosive devices found over the weekend. Manhattan also suffered from an attack, with another pressure cooker explosive found just blocks from the site. Five pipe bombs have also been found in a New Jersey train station. Yet another pipe bomb exploded just before a charity 5k race in Seaside Park, New Jersey that was meant to benefit Marines and sailors. No one was injured, and the race was canceled.

FBI agents did stop a “vehicle of interest” in relation to the Manhattan attack and detained five individuals for questioning on Sunday, but no further details have been provided by authorities at this time.

One of the pressure cooker devices was found to contain Tannerite, an explosive commonly used for target practice and can be easily obtained in sporting goods stores. This information may help investigators find links to the other explosives. Cell phones were also found at both explosion sites in New York.

The attacks in New York have left the city rattled; they had just honored the September 11th memorial a week ago, and were set to host a UN meeting regarding the atrocities in Syria this week. One New Yorker thought that the noise was originally thunder:

“Then all of a sudden, car horns went off, and I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this isn’t lightning. This is too loud,” he said. “This is a bomb.”

 



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