NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a man accused of setting off homemade bombs in New York and New Jersey last year.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi is accused of detonating a pipe bomb along the route of a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park a day before a pressure cooker bomb went off in Chelsea, injuring 30 people.READ MORE: NYC Teachers Union Concerned About Potential Staffing Issues As Vaccine Deadline Approaches
The next night, a homeless man and his friend alerted authorities after they found a backpack full of explosives in a trash can near a train station in Elizabeth. Five devices were in the bag, including one that exploded while a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it.
No one was injured in the Seaside Park explosion, mostly because the start of the race had been delayed because of a large number of late entrants, or by the devices found in Elizabeth.READ MORE: Tony Awards Take On New Meaning As Broadway Stages Big Comeback
Rahimi is facing several terrorism charges.
Rahimi previously pleaded not guilty in New Jersey to charges related to a shootout with police officers in Linden that led to his capture.MORE NEWS: Police: Group Sought After Citi Bike Thrown Onto Subway Tracks
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