New York police have named a suspect in the bombing that injured 29 people in Manhattan on Saturday night, as officials backtrack from initial claims that the attack did not have a “foreign” connection.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized US citizen born in Afghanistan, was identified by authorities as a suspect on Monday morning.
The investigation “might suggest a foreign connection to the action, which would then obviously raise an issue of the foreign nature of this attack”, New York governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN.
The identification comes shortly after five additional suspected explosive devices were found in a backpack near a train station in New Jersey, late on Sunday night. One of those devices exploded when a bomb squad robot tried to disarm it near Elizabeth train station, the local mayor said.
Christian Bollwage said the device exploded shortly after 12.30am on Monday. The FBI was leading the investigation and working to disarm the other four devices.
FBI agents and police were seen to converge on an apartment near the Elizabeth station. It was not immediately confirmed if there was a connection between the apartment and the explosion.
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