The man suspected in Saturday's bombings in New York and New Jersey has been captured after a frantic manhunt and shootout and charged.
Ahmad Khan Rahami was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after a shootout Monday with police in Linden, New Jersey, Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said. He is also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Rahami is suspected of bombings Saturday in New York City and Seaside Park, New Jersey, and is believed to be connected to pipe bombs found Sunday night in Elizabeth, New Jersey, sources said.
"We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
Rahami was captured after the owner of a bar in Linden, New Jersey, found him sleeping in the doorway of his bar Monday morning. Harinder Bains, owner of Merdie's Tavern, said he was watching CNN on his laptop from another business he owns across the street. He said he recognized Rahami and called police.
When officers responded, Rahami pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking an officer. A foot chase ended when Rahami was shot multiple times. He was taken to a hospital for surgery. None of the officers suffered life-threatening injuries.
But two big questions remain. Why did he do it? And is anyone else responsible?
Here are the latest developments:
-- Rahami traveled for extended periods to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the last five years, officials said.
He spent several weeks in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and Quetta, Pakistan, in 2011. While there in July 2011, he married a Pakistani woman.Two years later, in April 2013, he went to Pakistan and remained there until March 2014, visiting Afghanistan before returning to the United States. Upon returning from both visits he went through secondary screening and told officials he was visiting family, satisfying whatever concerns immigration officials had at the time.
-- The FBI described Rahami as a naturalized US citizen of Afghan descent with a last known address in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the same city where the backpack with explosives was found Sunday night. He first came to the United States in 1995 as a child, after his father arrived seeking asylum, and became a naturalized US citizen in 2011, according to a law enforcement official who reviewed his travel and immgration record.
-- The "main guy" has been caught but the investigation continues to determine if Rahami had help, sources told CNN. Though FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr., said there is "no indication" of an active operating cell in the New York area, evidence suggests Rahami was not acting alone, said Rep. Adam Schiff and a National Counterterrorism Center official. Schiff, a California Democrat, is ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
-- As the investigation continues, law enforcement has stressed there is no reason to believe a bomber is on the run.
-- Investigators first identified Rahami on Sunday afternoon through a fingerprint, according to a senior law enforcement official.
-- Rahami has been "directly linked" to devices in New York and New Jersey, Sweeney said.
-- A traffic stop Sunday night of five people in New York led to searches and interviews in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Sweeney said. Rahami's last known address was in Elizabeth, and an explosives-laden backpack was found there Sunday night. Those five people were questioned but do not face charges.
-- Two officers were hit in the shootout with Rahami in Linden, New Jersey, the mayor of the nearby city of Elizabeth said. One officer's vest was struck, and the other was shot in the hand.
-- Authorities believe Rahmani is the man seen in surveillance videos rolling a duffel bag near the scene of the bombing in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, according to multiple officials.
Surveillance videos showed the same man near the site of the explosion in Chelsea and where a pressure-cooker device was found four blocks away, law enforcement sources told CNN.
-- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday the bombs found over the weekend have similarities, suggesting "there might have been a common linkage." He said he "wouldn't be surprised if we found a foreign connection to the act."