Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted in connection with bombings, arrested after shootout with NJ police


Ahmad Khan Rahami

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NEW YORK - Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man wanted in connection to the explosions in Chelsea and Seaside Park, is in custody following a shootout with police that ended in two officers being injured, according to KFOR sister station WPIX.

Rahami's detainment follows a shootout that resulted in two officers being injured in Linden, N.J., the local mayor confirmed shortly after 11 a.m.

Images of the scene showed Rahami on the ground and apparently injured.

In addition to the two injured officers — one who was shot in the vest and the other in the hand— a person described as a "suspect" was shot and a third person was hurt.

Rahami is of Afghan decent and his last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, according to the FBI.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey, traveled to Afghanistan multiple times in past years, according to law

enforcement sources.

One official told CNN Monday Rahami was questioned every time he entered the US, as is standard procedure, but was not on the radar for possible

radicalization. Another official said Rahami traveled overseas a good bit, also visiting other countries not in the Middle East.

The wanted man is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

[Previous story, posted at 9:49 a.m. CT Monday]

Two days after explosions in New York and New Jersey, investigators in both cases say they want to talk with one man: Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Soon, they could have a chance.

Rahami is in custody after a shootout Monday morning with police in Linden, New Jersey, sources said.

Officials had said Rahami was wanted for questioning in connection with Saturday's blast that injured 29 people in New York City and an explosion that occurred near a charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, earlier that day.

Authorities haven't publicly detailed why they believe he's connected to the bombings.

Here's what we know so far about Rahami:

• According to multiple officials, investigators want to question Rahami because they believe he's the man seen on surveillance video dragging a duffel bag near the site of the New York explosion, and the location where police eventually found a suspicious device four blocks away.

• The 28-year-old was born in Afghanistan and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, according to the FBI.

• His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the FBI says. That's the same city where a backpack with multiple bombs inside was found Sunday night, but so far authorities haven't publicly said whether they believe Rahami has any connection to those explosives. Sources say they believe Rahami also is connected to those bombs.

• Authorities had warned earlier Monday that Rahami should be considered armed and dangerous.

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