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Police Arrest Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami Over Bombs In New York Area

Law enforcement agencies have apprehended New Jersey resident Ahmad Khan Rahami, after a brief but intense manhunt by agencies seeking to question him about multiple bombs in New York and New Jersey since Saturday. No one was killed in the blasts, but 29 people were injured.

Rahami, 28, was captured after a gun battle with police in Linden, N.J.; images shown on local TV shortly before noon Monday showed Rahami on a stretcher with what looks to be a wound on his upper arm or shoulder, with his hands behind his back.

Chris Bollwage, the mayor of Elizabeth, N.J., said on CNN that the suspect was apprehended and taken away by an ambulance after being injured in a shootout with police. Elizabeth is just northeast of Linden and is the site of Rahami's last known address.

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said that a local bar owner called police because he found a man sleeping in the hallway of his bar.

"One of our police officers went to investigate and to wake him up and realized that he was the suspect that was being sought in the other bombings that had occurred prior," Armstead told reporters.

The man, who turned out to be Rahami, fired on the police officer who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, said Armstead. Two officers were injured during the confrontation.

The FBI released a poster seeking help in apprehending Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, in connection to the bomb that exploded in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood Saturday. FBI

During a press conference, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said authorities have "every reason to believe that this was an act of terror."

William Sweeney, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York field office, said they were not looking for any more suspects in the case and that they had "no indication" that a terror cell was operating in New York City.

De Blasio said that New Yorkers, however, should remain vigilant.

Authorities believe Rahami is the sole suspect in Saturday night's explosion on West 23rd Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood an an explosion earlier that day at Seaside Park, N.J.

Sweeney would only say that they connected those two explosions through "evidence and analysis."

Investigators searched several homes in New Jersey early Monday. Two law enforcement officials told NPR's Dina Temple-Raston that a cellphone attached to an explosive device that did not detonate initially led them to the suspect's father, which then led them to Rahami.

Rahami is a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan on Jan. 23, 1988, a bulletin issued by FBI stated, adding that "He is about 5' 6" tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair."

"The investigation is moving rapidly," President Obama said Monday during a news conference in New York, where he is attending this week's U.N. General Assembly. He added that law enforcement officials so far see no connection between the bombs and a stabbing spree this weekend at a Minnesota mall.

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