Bomber Gets Life in Prison for New York, New Jersey Attacks

NYC bomber Ahmed Rahimi sentenced to life in prison
New Jersey man sentenced to life in prison for planting bombs, including one that injured more than 30 people
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14 February, 2018

Rahimi also allowed some inmates to view materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he spread "The Book of Jihad", bomb-making instructions and various issues of a propaganda magazine.

A NY judge today sentenced a U.S. restaurant worker to life in prison following a September 2016 bombing that wounded 31 people in Manhattan's upscale Chelsea neighbourhood.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his homemade bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016.

"I was never discriminated [against] by my religion, until I started following my religion", Rahimi said, adding that Federal Bureau of Investigation and customs agents had interviewed him for a half hour upon his return from a trip to the Dominican Republic a few years ago.

He moved to the United States in 1995 with his family and became a naturalized citizen in 2011.

He said he considered Rahimi to be a danger to the community, citing the "hostile and threatening " nature of the bombings and the influence of "virulent anti-U.S." terrorist propaganda.

"I have been here for more than 20 years, I had American friends and Muslim friends", he said.

Rahimi's father says he warned authorities about this son two years before the attack.

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Jurors took less than four hours to convict Rahimi on eight counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place, following a two-week trial.

While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote.

"She described Rahimi's efforts to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in NY where he has been imprisoned since his arrest".

Late a year ago, Rahimi began trying to radicalize prisoners at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, prosecutors say.

Rahimi is also accused of planting a bomb near a race route in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, that detonated before the runners passed by, and of leaving six bombs in backpack near the Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station. A second pressure cooker bomb was found a few blocks away, on 27th Street, but it didn't detonate.

During the trial, the prosecution presented evidence - including DNA and fingerprints - linking Rahimi to the bombs that were placed in New Jersey and NY.

No one was killed. Rahimi and two police officers were wounded in the shootout.

Chilling surveillance videos played at Rahimi's trial showed pedestrians enjoying a temperate Saturday night before they recoiled in shock and ran for their lives when his pressure-cooker bomb blew up outside a home for the blind and disabled around 8 p.m. September 17, 2016.


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