NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York appeared before a Manhattan judge on federal terrorism charges.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 28, slowly limped into the courtroom, dressed in a beige jumpsuit on Thursday.
Rahimi did not enter a plea Thursday. His lawyer, David Patton, said Rahimi has medical concerns after eight to 10 surgeries, many for infections. He says one of Rahimi’s hands doesn’t close, and he has an open wound and liver damage.
On Thursday, Patton did not ask for bail, but did ask for another hearing next week to discuss whether the federal facility that is holding Rahimi will be able to provide him with the medical care he needs, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.
Rahimi is accused of detonating a pipe bomb along the route of a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and planting two pressure cooker bombs in New York City. One of those devices did not explode. The other one detonated in Chelsea, injuring 30 people.
The federal judge introduced the charges against Rahimi, which include using weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use.
“Allegedly driven by a commitment to violent jihad, Rahimi planted bombs in the heart of Manhattan and in New Jersey,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “For his alleged acts of terror, Rahimi will now face justice in a federal courthouse just blocks south of where he allegedly planted his bombs.”
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