29-year-old Afghan born US citizen convicted of Manhattan bombing charges
Oct 17, Washington DC: A 29-year-old man from New Jersey was convicted today on all charges of the Manhattan bombing year
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who had left two devices in Manhattan on 17 September 2016 is an Afghan-born US citizen. The first bomb went off on West 23rd Street in Chelsea blew up injuring more than 30 people, and the other four blocks away was disarmed by the authorities.
The Jurors returned their guilty verdict on Monday morning on their second day of deliberations at a federal court in Manhattan as they beleieved that Rahimi was a "soldier in a holy war against Americans".The 29-year-old, was arrested two days after the attacks following a shootout with the police."Rahimi's crimes of hate have been met with swift and resolute justice," Acting US Attorney Joon Kim said in a statement.
The bomber had planned to "kill and maim as many innocent people as possible", the prosecutor added.Rahimi, who lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey, faces a maximum punishment of life in prison.He was convicted of eight charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place.
The court heard that Rahimi left his home on the morning of the crime armed with nine bombs in order carry out a "cold and calculating attack".The first bombing location he chose was along the route of a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Due to a last-minute change to the race schedule, no people were injured when that pipe bomb detonated.
The Jurors also saw CCTV footage of the suspect walking the Manhattan streets to where the bombs were placed.
They were also shown the 100lb (45kg) mangled rubbish bin, which was blasted more than 120ft (36 metres) in the air by one of the pressure cooker bombs.
Rahimi was arrested two days after the attacks following a shootout with police in New Jersey that left him in hospital for weeks.Prosecutors told the trial that police found a notebook on the suspect which contained a "claim of credit" for the bombs.
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