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Suspect In Chelsea, Seaside Park Explosions Ordered Held; Investigators Say ‘No Indication’ Of Broader Cell

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, Caught After Shootout With Linden Police, Authorities Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspect was ordered held on $5.2 million bail late Monday after being arrested in connection with the bombings that rocked Chelsea and Seaside Park, New Jersey on Saturday.

As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was captured Monday after an intense manhunt ended with him being wounded in a gun battle with Linden, New Jersey, police.

Ahmad Khan Rahami

A booking photo for Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is suspected in a bombing in Chelsea on Saturday, Sept., 17, 2016. and other incidents. (Credit: Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

Rahami was charged in Union County with five counts of attempted murder of law enforcement, as well as charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Federal authorities are also preparing a terrorism case against him.

His bail was set Monday by New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield.

Investigators say they have “no indication” that Rahami was part of broader terror cell. He was out of surgery late Monday and his condition was stable.

The gun battle that preceded Rahami’s capture erupted right outside Michael Tedesco’s home.

“It’s surreal and it’s frightening to actually have it happen literally right on my front porch.” Tedesco said.

“I heard about 10 to 12 shots — I heard nothing but gunfire,” another man said.

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said the break in the case came when the owner of a bar reported someone asleep in his doorway. A police officer went to investigate and recognized the man as Rahami, police and the mayor said.

Responding police tried to wake up Rahami.

“At that point, the officer realized that this might be the suspect that was being sought. He then told the person, ‘Show me your hands!’” said Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki. “At that point, then the suspect went to the side, pulled out a handgun and fired a round at our officer, striking him in the abdomen area. Fortunately, the officer had a bulletproof vest on.”

The bar owner described what he saw.

“Right away went for his gun, and cop also took out his gun, and by that time, anything anybody could realize, like, I saw two shots – ‘Pop, pop,’” said the bar owner, Harry Bains.

WATCH: Video captures shots being fired during Rahami’s apprehension.

Another officer was grazed by a bullet on his face.

The injured officers were identified as Angel Padilla and Peter Hammer.

Linden Police Officers Angel Padilla, Peter Hammer

Linden police Officers Angel Padilla, Peter Hammer were injured in a shootout with bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. (Credit: Linden Police)

A Prosecutor’s office source said Padilla was the one hit in the vest, while Hammer was struck by bullet fragments.

Linden police Capt. Sarnicki said Padilla was to be released late Monday, while Hammer was to be held overnight for observation.

President Barack Obama said he spoke to the two injured officers on Monday.

“They were in good spirits, and I communicated to them how appreciative the American people were, as well as people in the region,” Obama said.

Meanwhile, CBS2’s Steve Langford spoke with one of the men who spotted the suspect in Linden. The man, Jack Mazza, said he was with a group of friends and cousins where they spotted the suspect sleeping in the bar vestibule, and he said he was the one who told his friends to alert authorities.

Mazza works at a mechanic’s shop just down the block from where the shootout took place. He said he spotted the suspect earlier in the morning sleeping on a bench, but did not give it much thought.

“He had the hoodie up over his head, and he’s like in the fetal position, and you could only like see half his face,” Mazza said.

Mazza said once his group called police, it took about 15 minutes for officers to arrive, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported. That was when chaos ensued.

“I don’t think they were talking to him. I think they just knocked on the glass and told him, you know, to get out of the way, and then he shot them,” Mazza said. “It sounded like firecrackers. One cop took off down here toward the white car, and he ran up Elizabeth Avenue. It’s crazy. I’m glad they got him, though.”

Police returned fire, shooting Rahami and placing him under arrest.

Rahami was shot at least twice, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

Other witnesses described what they heard and saw.

“It was like a, ‘Pow! Pow! Pow!’” said witness Tosha Hardrick.

“I was coming around the corner and you know, I seen the cops coming up here, and I just heard the gunfire,” said Rommel Johnson of Linden.

Following the incident appeared conscious, his upper right arm bandaged and bloodied, as he was loaded into an ambulance in Linden. Authorities said he suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Commissioner James O’Neill said Rahami’s capture was brought about by a join effort with the public and with multiple police agencies.

New York City police commissioner James O'Neill holds up a picture of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, at a news conference at New York City on September 19, 2016 in New York City. Rahami was taken into custody on Monday afternoon following a gunfight where he was wounded by he police.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York City police commissioner James O’Neill holds up a picture of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, at a news conference at New York City on September 19, 2016 in New York City. Rahami was taken into custody on Monday afternoon following a gunfight where he was wounded by he police. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

“Today, our efforts were successful thanks to the brave police officers from the Linden, New Jersey Police Department,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “They captured this dangerous individual.”

This case marked the first time the city has used the Office of Emergency Management’s city-wide alert system to send information about the suspect directly to residents’ smartphones.

“I think the alert system is very helpful to the Police Department and the FBI, in this and in other instances also,” O’Neill said. “It gets everybody involved. It’s that share sense of responsibility.”

O’Neill said a lot of technology was involved in Rahami’s capture, but also “great old-fashioned police work.”

“We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror,” Mayor de Blasio said, adding that New Yorkers should remain vigilant.

Officials said they had no indication there were more bombs or suspects to find, though they cautioned that they were continuing to work to understand Rahami’s connections. O’Neill said his motive remains unclear.

William Sweeney Jr., the FBI’s assistant director in New York, said there were no indications Rahami was on law enforcement’s radar at the time of the bombings.

“I have no indication that there is a cell operating in the area or in the city,” he said, adding that the investigation was ongoing. “But I have no indication that there is a cell operating here.”

Sweeney wouldn’t detail how investigators zeroed in on Rahami as someone they wanted to question, but they were known to be poring over surveillance video and examining bomb fragments and components for evidence.

The arrest came just hours Monday after the FBI, NYPD and New Jersey State Police issued bulletins and photos of Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan with an address in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Earlier Monday, FBI agents swarmed an apartment where Rahami lived above a fried chicken restaurant in Elizabeth that is owned by his father.

The activity at the chicken restaurant came hours after one of five devices found at the nearby Elizabeth NJ TRANSIT train station exploded while a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it.

Rahami is believed to be connected to the devices in Elizabeth as well as an unexploded pressure cooker device found near the Chelsea explosion.

Officials say surveillance video placed Rahami at both of the city locations carrying some type of package. Sources told CBS2 that the video, along with fingerprints on parts of the device, helped authorities identify Rahami.

Flip phones were also used in both the Seaside Park and Chelsea bombings, and some common compounds were detected, CBS News Senior Investigative Producer Pat Milton told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

Surveillance photos of Ahmad Khan Rahami. (credit: New Jersey State Police)

Surveillance photos of Ahmad Khan Rahami. (credit: New Jersey State Police)

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, the chain of events all started with the ominous incident in Seaside Park on Saturday morning. A device exploded before a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.

“People come down for fun and a bomb goes off,” one person said in the wake of the incident.

The race was canceled and no one was injured. But there were many questions about who would do such a thing and why.

It was the big story of the day for about 14 hours.

And then on Saturday night, a device exploded on West 23rd and Seventh Avenue, injuring 29 people. An unexploded device was found several blocks away on West 27th Street.

CBS2 obtained exclusive surveillance video that police said showed Rahami pulling a small rolling bag carrying the bomb down 23rd Street in Chelsea.

Right away, there was speculation that the Chelsea bombing attack might have had a link with the Seaside Park incident.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as investigators gathered information they learned there were “certain commonalities among the bombs,” leading authorities to believe “that there was a common group behind the bombs.”

Through Saturday night and into Sunday, law enforcement followed leads – pulling on threads and fitting pieces of the puzzle. They examined fingerprints from the 27th Street device, license plate records, and surveillance video – and it all led investigators to Rahami, Aiello reported.

On Sunday night, FBI agents in Brooklyn stopped “a vehicle of interest” in the investigation of the Chelsea explosion, according to FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser.

Sources told CBS2 that five men inside the vehicle are believed to be associates of Rahami. At least one of the men in that vehicle was Rahami’s relative, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

“There was a vehicle that came to the attention of the NYPD and it was trailed, it was stopped,” de Blasio said. “Individuals were questioned.”

The FBI stopped the vehicle because they had reason to believe that Rahami was inside, but he was not. Investigators suspect that the five men were driving from Staten Island heading to John F. Kennedy International Airport when investigators ordered them to pull over.

The men were taken in for questioning and have since been released.

Before Rahami’s capture, Cuomo said investigators have no reason to believe there are further threats, but the public should “be on constant guard.”

While authorities believe Rahami is the main suspect behind the explosions, New Jersey FBI special agent Tim Gallagher said law enforcement will leave no stone unturned, WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported.

“Identify the subject and build out their network. And that’s what we’re doing right now along with our partners in federal and local law enforcement,” Gallagher said.

Around the time Rahami was taken into custody, President Barack Obama was in New York on a previously scheduled visit for a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, and said it was “extremely fortunate” nobody was killed in the bombings.

He called on Americans to show the world “we will never give in to fear.”

“We all have a role to play as citizens to make sure we don’t succumb to that fear. And there’s no better example of that than the people of New York and New Jersey,” the president said. “Folks around here, they don’t get scared.”

Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said Rahami’s father, Mohammad Rahami, and two brothers sued the city after it passed an ordinance requiring the First American Fried Chicken restaurant to close early because of complaints from neighbors that it was a late-night nuisance. They claimed the shop hours were restricted because they were Muslim. The suit was dropped one year later.

Ryan McCann, of Elizabeth, said that he often ate at the restaurant and recently began seeing the younger Rahami working there more.

“He’s always in there. He’s a very friendly guy,” McCann said. “That’s what’s so scary. It’s hard when it’s home.”

Officials also said Rahami had traveled to Afghanistan three times recently. Friends said Rahami had changed since the visit — noticing that his personality had become more stern and he had grown a beard.

Law enforcement sources told CBS News Rahami also traveled to Pakistan during one of his trips to Afghanistan.

Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J., told CBS News Rahami contacted his office from Pakistan in 2014 in hopes to get his pregnant wife a visa.

Investigators will now have to do a deep dive into Rahami’s mindset and motivation.

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  1. Rudy Katt says:

    The Mayor has stated that the reason this person did these acts is because he was allowed to purchase a 42oz soda and his blood sugar surged and made him angry…nothing related to radical Islam.

    1. The Mayor also stated that the two attacks were not related. Maybe a video caused the attacks- ask Killary

      1. Contra Ventus says:

        Due to the continuance of these attacks, Obama, Hillary and the Democrats have all agreed there is one, and only one, way to stop these unspeakable acts. They are proposing anyone who wants to purchase or re-sell a pipe, flip-phone, knife and pressure cooker will need to agree to be on an FBI registry and purchase additional Tax Stamps. Dumpsters and construction worker outfits may join this class of items day one.

        Other household items are to be added to the registry as it is discovered they are used in these attacks. “Attacks won’t stop until pressure cookers and knives are only in the hands of those who will use them legally”, Hillary stated.. A buyback is being floated for all of these items and there will be public crushing of pipes to demonstrate the effectiveness of this solution.

    2. John Campbell says:

      Work place violence. The guy lived above a chicken restaurant. Obviously the evil capitalist owners refused a free soda refill.

    3. It’s obvious this gentleman is a Trump supporting member of the Alt-Right Christian Militia!

      1. LLJP says:

        Not possible. It would be ALL over the dem media if he was.

    4. Jagu Jenkins says:

      yes, yes, exactly what i thought!!

      1. Terry says:

        except that he’s probably in reality a liberal, welfare state, muslim extremist, but we won’t see that on mainstream news

    5. Racklefratz says:

      Every time I read about De Blasio and the rest of the liberrhoid politicians in New York, with all their holier-than-thou political correctness, I throw up a little bit in my mouth.

      1. Brad Owens says:

        Next time make good use of that throwup and land it on de Blasio…

    6. jim mayer says:

      So who is always acting a bit mischieviously?
      The Nice Attack was a Muslim
      The Paris Attacks were Muslims
      The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
      The Orlando attack was a Muslim
      The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
      The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
      The Underwear Bomber was a Muslim
      The U.S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
      The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
      The Charlie Hebdo Attacks were Muslims
      The San Bernadino Attacks were Muslims
      The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
      The Davao Philippines Attack were Muslims
      The Minnesota Mall stabbings was a Muslim
      The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
      The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
      The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
      The Ankara Airport Turkey Attack were Muslims
      The Pan-Am Flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
      The Iranian Embassy Takeover was by Muslims
      The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
      The Batta Meena Pakistan Attacks were Muslims
      The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
      The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
      The Beheading of the French priest were Muslims
      The Buenos Aires Suicide bombers were Muslims
      The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
      The Kenyan U.S Embassy Bombers were Muslims
      The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
      The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims
      The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
      The First World Trade Center bombers were Muslims
      The Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl was Muslims
      The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
      The Bombay & Mumbai Indian Attackers were Muslims
      The Narcissist C.Kaepernick & his squeaze are Muslims
      The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims
      The Beheadings, stabbings, live burnings, & drownings by Muslims
      The Piracy off the Barbary Coast in T. Jefferson’s time were Muslims
      The Daily inhumane acts by the religion of peace, Islam- the Muslims
      (Forgive this poor attempt to list all Muslim attrocities in recent history)

      Where do folks always seem to act kindly toward one another?
      Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
      Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
      Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem
      Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
      Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem
      Christians living with Jews = No Problem
      Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
      Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
      Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
      Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
      Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
      Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem
      Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
      Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
      Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
      Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem
      Confucians living with Baha’is = No Problem
      Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
      Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem

      Where in the world does the poo always seem to hit the fan?
      Muslims living with Jews = Problem
      Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
      Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
      Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
      Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
      Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
      Muslims living with Christians = Problem
      Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
      Muslims living with other Muslims = Problem

      So what are some Muslim Social Clubs?
      ISIS: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Ansaru: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Hamas: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Taliban: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Al-Badr: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Al-Nusra: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Al-Qaeda: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Hezbollah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Abu Sayyaf: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Boko Haram: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Islamic Jihad: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Lashkar-e-Taiba: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Jemaah Islamiyah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Muslim Brotherhood: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Palestine Liberation Front: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      Abdullah Azzam Brigades: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION, etc.

      Now let’s reason together whether or not we should allow millions
      MORE Muslims to immigrate to the US. Hmm, a real stumper, huh?

      1. David T. LeBlanc says:

        Mmmm, I am beginning to pick up a theme here.

        Or is it just me?

      2. JP Taylor says:

        Islam is a rayc. You is microagressor ray siss. Askj my prof. I got a A in soshul just us.

        1. vides says:

          ” I got a A in soshul just us.”

          Hilarious!

      3. david f says:

        Why is he referred to as a gentleman?

        1. Richard1939 says:

          Its liberalspeak for murdering muslim POS! Vote Trump…and save America !

      4. K.Diggs says:

        A FAT, SMELLY, LYING , CORRUPT, WOMAN, cannot help us with this. This is not the time for a woman president.

        TRUMP 2016.

      5. Ron says:

        Excellent post. Fact of the matter is that if all Muslims in the Middle East would lay down their arms and live in peace there would be peace and prosperity for all, Jew and Muslim alike. But if Israel were to lay down their arms there would be bloodshed until every last Jew was slaughtered.

      6. Neil says:

        The (insert attack description) was setup by the FBI/CIA

        You forgot the most obvious one!

    7. jj says:

      It’s high time we give these pukes something else to think about before they engage in these lone wolf attacks. Who are all of this guys relatives?

    8. Kyronius Bosh says:

      Quran

      Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing…
      but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun(the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)” (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The verse prior to this (190) refers to “fighting for the cause of Allah those who fight you” leading some to believe that the entire passage refers to a defensive war in which Muslims are defending their homes and families. The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, however, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). Verse 190 thus means to fight those who offer resistance to Allah’s rule (ie. Muslim conquest). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is disingenuous (the actual Arabic words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The word used instead, “fitna”, can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. This is certainly what is meant in this context since the violence is explicitly commissioned “until religion is for Allah” – ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.

      Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

      Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

      Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

      Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

    9. John Steele says:

      Why wasn’t he killed outright. Now we have to listen to crap about his rights and how oppressed he is. Anyone who is involved in Terrorism should be waterboarded and then executed immediately after the info is extracted.

      1. LLJP says:

        I agree. Best for all if they are dead right off.

    10. Bill Elder says:

      I heard the big O had a concern. He didn’t want this to affect his vote for the Democratic Candidate.

    11. Richard1939 says:

      Another half million votes for Trump! Deplorable!

    12. ZTedster says:

      Why do we still have muzzies in this country?

  2. This is the 38th time the religion of peace has committed a terrorsit act on American spil since Obama became president. 38. More than ALL presidents before him combined.

    Guess the apology tour didn’t work out the way he thought huh?

    1. Sam Burnell says:

      Or 14 if you use common core math.

  3. Kim says:

    And Obama is releasing more jihadists for our enjoyment and benefit.

    Trump wouldn’t be doing that.

  4. This is the utterly predictable result of a society abetting its own invasion. Get ready for more Americans. It will only get worse until you finally wake up.

  5. Tomas Soweto says:

    Thanks, Obama!

  6. They should round up every single member of his family – and send them back to Afghanistan.

    1. Mike CNJ says:

      U HAVE noticed U/R government is bringing THEM
      In by the boat-load, right Horst?

  7. Huge Jorgen says:

    Never fear. James Comey is on the case.

    1. You only have nothing to fear if you’re Hillary Clinton

  8. John Campbell says:

    “In the immediate aftermath of that bombing, de Blasio and Cuomo were careful to say there was no evidence of a link to international terrorism. Both said Monday that appears to be changing.”

    Image that.

    TRUMP 2016

  9. Shlomo Shekelstein says:

    BAD GOYIM! This had nothing to do with Islam! Stop slandering the Religion of Peace!

  10. Richard1939 says:

    Hillary and the liberal globalist want to let MILLIONS of these people into our Country! Is that what YOU want? Vote Trump in November!

  11. Keep saying it: WE NEED TRUMP ASAP.

    Bombings, stabbings, Military bombing errors in Syria, a government paralyzed.

    Can we speed up the elections?

    Is someone talking about the pipeline, Atlanta is almost without gas. Sabotage???

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/ga-based-gas-company-works-on-temporary-pipeline-a/nsZxx/

    1. Ben Dover Jr. says:

      Hmmmmm….no one has mentioned that possibility yet. But, now that you mention it…….

  12. Southern Patriot LAL says:

    The media says “naturalized”. That means his parents are most likely illegals that used our government system and tax dollars to come over and have a baby. Raised him under their way of life and beliefs ) Afghanistan, instead of assimilating to our society and way of life. Now we can call him a home grown terrorist!

    1. Justsaying says:

      He’s not “home grown”, he was born in Afghanistan. He is a naturalized American citizen, not an American born citizen.

  13. Remember – this guy was a moderate muslim, until he wasn’t.

    1. Justsaying says:

      Nah, he was probably pretending to be moderate. You don’t just change into a monster; you’ve always been one. He probably harbored anger and hate because of the years of wars and bombings in his home country of Afghanistan.

      1. Mike CNJ says:

        All that …
        And, his holy book told him to.

      2. Weasler says:

        Too bad for him. Perhaps if his country didn’t harbor and protect people who attacked the USA as “guests”, none of that would have happened.

  14. Jerome Ave says:

    We have educated and ambitious folks from Ireland, Italy, Taiwan etc. waiting many years in hopes of getting a visa. Then we see haters being allowed into the U.S..with ease. A disgrace.

      1. Richard1939 says:

        True! It’s supposed to be Country first, not the other way around! Country First ! Vote Trump in November! Might be our last chance to save America because once they get IN…you can NEVER get them OUT!

  15. Other news reports claim that scaffolding and tarps were erected to block the view of cctv camerias. Since those kinds of construction activities are NOT performed with scab labor, then there has to be sleep cell enemy combatants within the trade unions. The authorities MUST investigate this angle. https://www.facebook.com/kb3svj/posts/786308171471969

  16. I predicted this was going to happen. Odds on Trump are still 3 to 1. I put money down on him at 10 to 1 and 5 to 1. As a back up vote, Im putting $10 down on Kaine at 200 to 1 odds… Just in case the elites kill off Hillary and all the Syrians vote democrat.

  17. canes58 says:

    you see this is why isis is so dangerous they use the media and the internet to preach their brand of radical islam and it is people like this that get hooked! but we would never had faced this if two people obama and hillary did not start 3 civil wars nobody wanted that are still being fought today with close too 2 million unvetted refugees and lets not forget isis forming when obama deserted iraq! we even armed isis as as the iraqi’s fled they dropped their weapons including armored trucks and yes tanks! those 2 have screwed up not only the middle east but north africa and globally! it may take if ever 50 years to clean up the damage they did!

  18. Our BushObama globalist government has done this to us, thanks to its stupid and suicidal immigration policies.

    1. canes58 says:

      i would say hillary and obama as isis formed when obama and hillary deserted iraq leaving a vacuum for isis to form. we even armed them as iraqi’s ran when confronted dropping their weapons and armored trucks and yes tanks and fled! this pairs damage will take decades to fix if ever!

      1. Now why would you think they need to become citizens before voting?

        1. Ozzonelayyer says:

          Why would you think otherwise?

  19. fb says:

    And there are MORE coming into the Metro Area. You can thank OUR GOV for that. They need their (when the become citizens) Votes to stay in POWER.

  20. genearly says:

    We need to understand Islam is a Complete System of Governmental Religion with it’s own Sharia Law that everyone under their system must adhere to. It is incompatible with Our Constitution, and for the liberals reading, it is incompatible even with your sacred Diversity!
    ProgreSSives love Islam for it’s Tyranny and required Obedience, not all that different from their Political Correctness.

  21. Will Nat says:

    But the 10s (100s?) of thousands of new Syrian refugees that Hillary wants to bring into the US will NEVER have people like this among them. Right?

  22. Will Nat says:

    So Trump was right —–again.

  23. Larz Taft says:

    Is it me or does this suspect look like Sal from Impractical Jokers?

  24. Kitcha says:

    How did he come to this country, on the obama plan?

  25. jimbo says:

    they have to do what they can while there’s still a sympathizer in the White House

  26. The only requirement to become a radical islamist is to be a moderate islamist. It is time to name the enemy for what is is, since it is hard, if not impossible to effectively defeat an enemy the “authorities” refuse to identify, or, as it appears to be the case, to protect by deflecting investigative efforts away. I am glad law enforcement appears to have more common sense than political heads (Cuomo, Bane…err..De Blasio), and have apparently refused to play their games. Good to see they continue showing their backs to those clowns.

  27. Israel4Everyone says:

    Oh gee wiz FBI swarming ELIZABETH NJ— the place muslims were heartbroken over 911, ofcourse the usual suspects—and Clinton still believes these people want to live the American dream and will respect homosexual rights

  28. Dennis in WV says:

    Hey it looks like this Muslim’s gonna lose his apartment in Jersey…not to worry…Hillary will fill it with another Muslim from Syria as promised.

  29. Ahmed says:

    Those damn Christian terrorists are at it again! Stop radical Christian terror!

  30. de Blasio must be so disappointed that this was not likely a domestic protest because it makes his early comments look silly

  31. jnsesq says:

    Naturalized… The only reason this guy became a “citizen” was to vote Democrat.

  32. Wade Jacoby says:

    They should rename it Isbomb. Time to get tough. Trump 2016

  33. madddd.dogggg says:

    We need to stop “Radical Methodists” now to keep this from happening again.

  34. LikeDuh says:

    @mstarvin: He’s not Arabic, he’s Afghani from Afghanistan. Afghani people are not Arabs. People from Afghanistan speak Phasto and Dari, not Arabic. Therefore, he’s a Afghani Muslim immigrant. Hope they catch him alive so we know why.

  35. Smith Kellee says:

    Ironically I think it was best summarized by Colin Powell’s leaked emailed…
    Quote” Just finished a book by a guy named Llosa about loss of culture….Culture is going and with it the TIES THAT BIND. ” unquote Colin Powell

    This is at the heart of the problem with this Adminstration’s policies. One has to wonder if it was all by design…

    1. Rear Admiral Obvious says:

      One does not have to wonder.

  36. I wonder how many Americans will be slaughtered over the coming years before we realize we’re in a war with Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as a few other smaller dumps over there. 9/11 wasn’t enough. 100,000? 1 million? A nuked city? They will not quite. Either we go to war (actual war, like WWII) with said countries or the slaughter of Western innocents continues indefinitely. We’re all Israel now, and this will never end unless we end it.

  37. mark meyer says:

    So, Cuomo immediately says there is a foreign connection to the “naturalized citizen”, deBlasio doesn’t have a clue and NYC is longing for Rudy Giuliani. Democrats are weaklings.

    1. will nat says:

      This is nothing compared to what it will be like with a “President Hillary R. Clinton”

      1. Rear Admiral Obvious says:

        This is why there will not be a President Hillary R. Clinton.

  38. Junior Samples says:

    To me it seems certain that the fatalistic teachings of Muhammad and the utter degradation of women is the outstanding cause for the arrested development of the Arab. He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have kept on developing. -George Smith Patton, Jr.

  39. Jim Burgess says:

    New York liberalism coming home to roost. You have let your government flood your city with these vermin, you have (and continue) believed the rubbish about Islam being a “religion of peace” when nothing could be further from the truth and you have allowed your government to disarm you leaving defenseless in the face of Islamic terrorism. Make no mistake, you are under attack by Muslims. Stop being in denial and demand your government stop bringing these barbarian killers into our country.

  40. Pod says:

    The bombings and the mall stabbings have nothing to do with Islam: these young men were just hungry and looking for the Aloha Snack-Bar, a Hawaiian take-out joint

  41. Silly says:

    Huh, shocker. I expected the last name to be Smith. Silly me.

  42. Dee Buck says:

    If he donates to the Clintonista foundation they will never catch him.

    1. Contra Ventus says:

      Huma took care of his ‘pay for play’.

  43. jnsesq says:

    America needs more Muslims. Vote Democrat.

  44. Sara Blumer says:

    Why is the government so intent in importing terrorists? What’s their agenda?

    1. jnsesq says:

      The Left is about deconstruction of America (and Western Civilization in general). They do not offer solutions, only opposition to the existing order.

      Trust me: If importing Muslims were good for the country, then they’d be vehemently opposed.

    2. Kam Kuwata says:

      This is the Kalergi Plan, modified for North America. I suggest you google: “the Kalergi Plan”, it has been in place since 1920, but only recently put into action.

  45. Mad Dawgg says:

    I knew we would find out that the Bomber was Amish [Yes, this is sarcasm]

  46. Pavlos Xorofas says:

    You elect Clinton, and you will get one thousand times more of these murderous characters in the country.

  47. Pavlos Xorofas says:

    “We need to get this guy in right away,” de Blasio said on CNN. “My experience is one the FBI zeroes in on someone, they will get them.”

    Except, that is, for Hillary Clinton. She gets a pass.

  48. Janet says:

    It isn’t particularly difficult for our government to denaturalize people who have lied about their commitment to the US to obtain citizenship. Maybe after he finishes a very long jail sentence, he can be deported.

    1. Pavlos Xorofas says:

      Deported? Executed.

      1. Contra Ventus says:

        Amen,

        This is Treason, same as wearing pig socks.

    2. Sam Dennis says:

      you be talking about Obama?

  49. Matt Bracken says:

    I’m sure this has nothing to do with the religion of peace.
    Just another random outbreak of allahakbar.

  50. mstarvin says:

    What a shocker an arabic islamic terrorist…I guess Trump was right and Hillary, as usual, was wrong.

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