A suspect of bombings in New York City and New Jersey was captured in Linden, New Jersey, on Monday morning after a shootout, authorities confirmed.
Two police officers were reportedly shot and wounded in a confrontation with 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, an American citizen from Afghanistan.
Police launched a manhunt Monday in connection to the Manhattan bombing, which injured 29 people on Saturday night. Police also said that the same man was being sought for questioning in a bombing in the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park, which they believed to be linked, according to the Associated Press.
An Amber Alert with his name went out on cellphones in the area Monday morning. Mayor Bill de Blasio warned residents that he could be “armed and dangerous.”
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The alert came out the same day as the discovery of a backpack containing at least five explosive devices in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The bag exploded when a bomb disposal robot was trying to deactivate it.
After the shootout, Rahami was taken away in an ambulance. Authorities are investigating his motivations and whether there is any connection between the Manhattan explosion and the intercepted backpack explosives.
President Barack Obama held a news conference after being briefed by FBI Director James Comey:
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