NY, NY bombing: FBI interviewed suspect's father in 2014

The FBI plans to question Rahami in the bombings that wounded 29 people in New York City as well as other devices in New Jersey

The wife and mother of bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami left the USA just days before the coordinated attacks in Manhattan and New Jersey, a law enforcement official revealed.

The Associated Press reported that Mohammad Rahami "said he meant that his son was hanging out with the wrong crowd, including gangs". According to three US law enforcement officials, Rahami's writings recovered by law enforcement contain references to Osama Bin Laden and American-born jihadist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

United States investigators were looking on Tuesday (Sept 20) for clues to why an Afghanistan-born man might have planted bombs around the NY area over the weekend, including whether the suspect had accomplices or was radicalised overseas.

Rahami and his family live above their fried-chicken restaurant - called First American Fried Chicken - and the family has clashed with the city over closing times and noise complaints, which the Rahamis said in a lawsuit were tinged with anti-Muslim sentiment.

Officials pointed out that investigations into the bombings in NY and New Jersey have led authorities to believe that there might be a terrorist cell in both states.

Among ramblings about terrorists, a law enforcement official says the notebook mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers and Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American imam who was a spokesman for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Justice Department guidelines restrict the types of actions agents may take; they can not, for instance, record phone calls without obtaining a higher level of approval or developing more grounds for suspicion. Rahami is a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan.

After zeroing in on Rahami and learning of the vehicle that had travelled between New Jersey and NY, authorities pulled it over on Sunday night after it headed in the direction of Kennedy airport.

This frame from surveillance video released by the New Jersey State Police shows Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted for questioning Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of NY and the New Jersey shore town Seaside Park over the weekend. A grand jury, however, declined to indict Rahami.

Rahami was shot multiple times and underwent surgery on Monday, the local prosecutor said. No one was injured, and two other unexploded bombs were found nearby.

Then a shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bomb exploded on Saturday night in New York's Chelsea section, wounding 29 people, none seriously.

For example, the FBI's Miami office had investigated Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June and expressed allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State organisation, for 10 months and interviewed him twice but found no evidence of a crime or connection with a militant group.

Late on Sunday night, five explosive devices were discovered in a rubbish bin at an Elizabeth train station, about three miles from where Rahami was later found asleep in the doorway of a bar. Investigators have not publicly tied Rahami to those devices.

In Rahami's case, the law enforcement official said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had opened up an "assessment", the least intrusive form of an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry. His uncovered face was clearly captured by surveillance cameras near the spot of the blast. The father was cited in 2009 with violating that ordinance, and a New Jersey appeals court ruled against him in 2014, according to records.

Rahami was captured Monday, after his name and photograph were released to the media.

He has yet to be interrogated, after undergoing surgery and being treated in "critical but stable" condition, NY police chief James O'Neill said.

"They were a very nice family", said Devin Sanchez, 20, who said he was a good friend of the suspect's younger brother.

The suspect's foreign trips were coming under scrutiny, with United States media reporting that he had travelled to Pakistan and his native Afghanistan multiple times.



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