Ahmad Khan Rahami Appears in court For the Fist Time after Injuring more than 30 in NY Bombing and Attempting to set off another bomb in NJ.
- Rahami faces terrorism, attempted murder, and weapons charges.
- Accused of setting off an explosive that injured 31 people in NY and a setting up a pipe bomb in New Jersey on Sept. 17.
- The hearing will be held in an Elizabeth NJ courtroom via video link from the hospital.
- Rahami is a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan.
- Rahami bought bomb components on eBay and made a video of himself testing out explosives, according to federal officials.
(NEW YORK) The man accused of multiple bombings last month in New York and New Jersey that injured more than 30 people is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday since his Sept. 19 arrest.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is expected to appear in a New Jersey state court via video link from a hospital where he has been recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered in a shootout with police before his arrest.
The hearing in Elizabeth, New Jersey, concerns state charges against him stemming from that gun battle, including attempted murder of police officers and weapons charges.
Rahami, a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, is also facing federal terrorism charges in both New York and New Jersey. He is accused of setting off an explosive in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that injured 31 people as well as a pipe bomb near a charity running race in a New Jersey shore town on Sept. 17.
In addition, Rahami is charged with planting another pressure-cooker bomb in Chelsea that did not go off and with leaving several devices at a train station in Elizabeth. One of those explosives detonated when a bomb squad robot attempted to defuse it. None of the blasts killed anyone.
It remains unclear when Rahami will appear in federal court.
Authorities have said Rahami praised the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and kept a journal in which he expressed outrage at American policy in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and the Palestinian territories. Rahami bought bomb components on eBay and made a video of himself testing out explosives, according to federal officials.
Contributed by Reuters.