FBI Asks for Help Finding Two Men Seen Near Bomb


"Inshallah the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets".

The prosecutors said on Tuesday that Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, carried out two bombings on Saturday in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood and along the route of a US Marine Corps run in the New Jersey town of Seaside Park. Muhammed Rahami told a swarm of reporters he called the Federal Bureau of Investigation two years ago because his son was doing bad things.

It's not immediately clear whether Rahami has a lawyer who can comment on the charges.

The charges against him include federal terror crimes and state charges of attempting to murder police officers.

"There's an old saying in law enforcement".

Multiple officers responded to the scene, and Rahami was shot a few times, Sarnicki said.

The journal doesn't offer specific grievances, but rather an overall complaint that the U.S.is at war with Muslims, according to officials.

"I beg. for shahadat (martyrdom) and inshallah this call will be answered", he wrote in a passage expressing concern about getting caught.

The bomb was a pressure cooker device, packed with ball bearings and steel nuts, placed in a dumpster and detonated by a timed device - similar to a second bomb discovered four blocks away.

The 27th Street bomb never exploded.

Like several other USA terror suspects, investigators said Rahami also followed the preachings of Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-Yemeni cleric killed in a US drone strike in 2011. One bomb injured 31 people in Manhattan.

The FBI has released an image of two men who took a suitcase that held a bomb that did not explode in New York City. The agency says the men were seen Saturday night removing the bomb from a piece of luggage, then leaving the device behind while taking the suitcase.

Police described them as "witnesses", suggesting they were not associates of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect accused of planting a string of bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend.

She says along with investigations, authorities must connect with members of various communities to find out who the terrorists are.

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"The FBI conducted internal database reviews, interagency checks, and multiple interviews, none of which revealed ties to terrorism", the FBI said.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, the father says he contacted authorities because his son was causing trouble and not because of terrorist motivations.

A previous partner of Rahami sued him for full custody of their child on Tuesday, court documents show.

Investigators don't believe the two men who handled the luggage are part of Rahami's plot, but still want to question them.

"You don't need to talk about terrorism in most of these prosecutions", said David Deitch, a former federal counterterror prosecutor.

Also Wednesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department intends in the "near future" to bring Rahami to NY to face charges in the Saturday night bombing in Chelsea.

Rahami's wife is thought to be a Pakistani national.

Investigators are looking into whether Mr Rahami was radicalised during previous trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Rahami's wife left the USA a few days before the bombings, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement source.

"We have no reason to believe they're connected". Rahami was also jailed on one occasion for domestic violence. At the time, he was employed by Summit Security, a private contractor.

Ahmad Rahami, a native of Afghanistan who became a naturalized USA citizen, traveled to a Muslim country rife with terrorist recruiters, developed a connection to a conservative form of his Muslim faith and exhibited a change in behavior before acting out, according to friends and acquaintances.

Summit's vice president of security services, Daniel Sepulveda, said Rahami last did work for the company in 2011 and left the job because he wanted an extended leave that didn't coincide with his work schedule. Fingerprints led to Rahami, officials said.

- Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.