Man Believed to Be Bombing Person of Interest Taken into Custody after shootout

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LINDEN, N.J. (ABC NEWS) – A suspect believed to be Ahmad Khan Rahami, earlier named as a “person of interest” in the New York City and New Jersey bombings, was taken into custody this morning in New Jersey, according to law enforcement sources.

Sources said Rahami was taken into custody in Linden, New Jersey, about 4 miles south of Elizabeth, after being injured an altercation with police. He was taken to the hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately clear.

An alert sent shortly before 8 a.m. today says police were seeking a man in connection with the Saturday night bombing in New York City, identified by authorities as 28-year-old Rahami.

Rahami is believed to be the man seen in surveillance video at both the scene of the explosion on Manhattan’s West 23th Street and the scene on West 27th Street where the unexploded device was found, a police source said.

Authorities believe the three bombing incidents this weekend in Seaside Park, New Jersey, New York City, and Elizabeth, New Jersey, are related.

New Jersey State Police said this morning that they were looking to question Rahami in connection with the Saturday morning explosion in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

The bomb devices — one exploding in an oceanfront town on the New Jersey shore, one in Manhattan then another in Elizabeth, a town bordering Newark International Airport just beyond New York City’s borders — have put residents, police and security personnel on high alert. The explosions did not cause any fatalities but the Chelsea explosion injured 29 people.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, while speaking on “Good Morning America” today, praised the NYPD’s response to the threat, and said the department had “the largest anti-terror force of any police force in the country.”

 

 

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