NY bomber identified as Afghan man, may be ‘armed and dangerous’

This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Ahmad Khan Rahami. The New York Police Department said it is looking for Rahami for questioning in the New York City explosion that happened Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (FBI via AP)

Authorities are on the hunt for an Afghan-born US citizen in regards to a weekend bombing in a Manhattan neighborhood that wounded 29 people.

28-year-old naturalized citizen Ahmad Khan Rahami is being sought after by law enforcement, with Mayor Bill de Blasio saying that the fugitive could be armed and dangerous.

“We need to get this guy in right away,” de Blasio said on CNN. “My experience is [once] the FBI zeroes in on someone, they will get them.”

According to the Associated Press, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo reported on Sunday that there was no evidence that the bombing was related to international terrorism, though he has changed his stance since then.

“Today’s information suggests it may be foreign related, but we’ll see where it goes,” he said.

Law enforcement on several levels of government are still trying to piece together the possibility of a connection between the multiple improvised explosive devices found over the weekend in New York and New Jersey.

Several devices were found or detonated over the weekend,  including pressure-cooker type explosives and pipe bombs.

While several people have been detained for questioning, no charges or arrests have been made at this time.

In addition, residue related to the legal binary explosive Tannerite was found at the New York bombing sites, while it appears cellular-based detonation devices were used in both states. The New Jersey bomb was likely made using black powder, according to a source that spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

The bombings happened on the same day that a man stabbed and injured nine people in a Minnesota mall before he was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer carrying a concealed weapon. The St. Cloud Police chief said the man reported made a reference to Allah and asked one victim if she was Muslim. The Islamic State has since taken responsibility.

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