New York Bombing Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder

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New York Bombing Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man accused of Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey was captured on Monday after a frantic manhunt and shootout.

Rahami was then charged with five counts of “attempted murder of a law enforcement officer,” according to a release from the Union County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s office.

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The suspect is also charged with “second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon” and “second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose,” according to the release.

According to authorities, he was “directly linked” to Saturday bombings in New York City and Seaside Park, New Jersey, and is believed to be connected to pipe bombs found on Sunday night in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

“We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

CNN reports that bail was set at $5.2 million by state Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield.

“Convictions on first-degree criminal charges are commonly individually punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison, while second-degree charges typically result in terms of 5 to 10 years,” per the release.

U.S. Attorney for New York’s southern district Preet Bharara has maintained that his office will pursue charges against Rahami.

Also speaking, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage told reporters at a news conference in New Jersey two officers were injured while apprehending Rahami.



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