The suspect in weekend bombings in Seaside Park and New York City was identified the next day and in custody soon after because of information sharing between law enforcement agencies, officials say. Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested early Monday in Linden, and Mayor Derek Armstead said police had received information on him before he was spotted outside a liquor store and knew right away who he was.
Rahami is suspected of placing bombs that went off Saturday near the route of a 5K run to benefit veterans in Seaside Park and in a dumpster in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The second blast injured about 30 people. Unexploded devices were found in Chelsea and in a backpack in a trash barrel near the Elizabeth train station.
“I can’t get into the specifics but I’ll say that the sharing and cooperation is completely seamless. There are no state lines when it comes to tracking down terrorism,” said New Jersey State Attorney General Christopher Porrino.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said better communication between agencies was one of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission headed by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean. But Mayor Christian Bollwage in Elizabeth, where Rahami’s family owns a fried chicken restaurant, said that if Rahami’s father is telling the truth he alerted the FBI two years ago that his son had terrorist sympathies the bureau did not tell anyone in Elizabeth about it.
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