NEW YORK (AP) — Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who was born in Afghanistan however lived in New Jersey, injured 30 individuals when certainly one of his strain cooker bombs exploded in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on a September night time in 2016. A second bomb planted close by didn’t detonate.
That blast occurred simply hours after a small pipe bomb exploded alongside a Marine Corps street race in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, scary individuals however injuring nobody.
The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that led to a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. Rahimi was shot a number of occasions however survived.
Federal prosecutors stated in presentence papers that Rahimi has not proven regret and has tried to radicalize fellow prisoners on the federal jail in New York the place he has been imprisoned since his arrest.
“He’s pleased with what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as devoted as ever to his terrorist ideology,” they wrote.
Rahimi, prosecutors stated, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist supplies, together with speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who impressed assaults on America and was killed in a U.S. airstrike in September 2011.
Rahimi additionally allowed some inmates to view supplies on his laptop computer or offered digital copies as he unfold “The Ebook of Jihad,” bomb-making directions and numerous problems with a propaganda journal.
Protection lawyer Xavier Donaldson stated that earlier than the assaults, Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen, aspired to be a police officer and labored as a safety guard after learning legal justice at a group school.
“It was Mr. Rahimi’s perception that he might assist individuals whereas employed able that might assure him some sort of pension,” Donaldson wrote.
Whereas imprisoned, Rahimi has accomplished courses in enterprise, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote.
Rahimi is scheduled to be sentenced in the present day by a federal decide in Manhattan.