New York bomber arrested

An Afghanistan-born American believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night, has been taken into custody following a standoff with police, according the law enforcement officials.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is also believed to be resposible for an earlier bombing in New Jersey, was wounded in a dramatic gunfight with police in Linden, New Jersey.

Earlier police warned residents via cellphone alert to be on the lookout for the 28-year-old, who was described as “armed and dangerous”.


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The gun battle started around 10:30am Monday morning, after police were alerted to his whereabouts when a resident spotted a man sleeping in the doorway of a bar.

When approached by law enforcement, Mr Rahami pulled a gun and shot an officer in the abdomen striking his bullet-proof vest.

After other officers joined the chase, Mr Rahami was shot multiple times and detained. At least one officer was injured during the confrontation.

Mr Rahami is said to have sustained an injury to his shoulder, and was taken to hospital.

Surveillance footage identified Mr Rahami as the man who planted the bombs in Chelsea, as well as fingerprints found on one of the pressure cooker bombs.

Mr Rahami was born on January 23, 1988 in Afghanistan, but had lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey as a naturalized citizen.

Neighbours reported that several years ago Mr Rahami had returned to his homeland, but had not showed signs of radicalization on his return.

There have been no reported links to overseas terror organizations at this stage.