Accused New York bomber indicted on new
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[November 17, 2016]
By Nate Raymond
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man accused of
injuring more than two dozen people in September bomb attacks in New
York and New Jersey was indicted on Wednesday, as federal prosecutors in
Manhattan added new charges that could result in a mandatory life prison
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 28, was charged in an indictment filed in Manhattan
federal court with eight counts, including using a weapon of mass
destruction in an explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that
injured 30 people.
The Sept. 17 attack came hours after prosecutors contend a pipe bomb
planted by Rahimi went off along the course of a charity road race by
the New Jersey shore, without injuring anyone.
While the indictment included no new factual allegations, it included
two counts accusing Rahimi of using a destructive device during and in
furtherance of a crime, charges that carry with them potential mandatory
life prison terms.
"Now indicted by a grand jury, Rahimi will face justice in a federal
court for his alleged violent acts of terrorism," Manhattan U.S.
Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.
Rahimi, an Afghan-born naturalized U.S. citizen, is scheduled to be
arraigned on the indictment on Thursday afternoon. His lawyer did not
immediately respond to a request for comment.
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A NJ Union county Sheriff stands guard as he listens to the hearing
of Ahmad Khan Rahimi in a court room in Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.,
October 13, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Rahimi, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was arrested two days after the
bombing following a gunfight with police, who found him sleeping in the
doorway of a bar in Linden, New Jersey.
In addition to the bombs that went off, prosecutors accuse Rahimi of
planting another pressure-cooker bomb in Chelsea that did not go off
and leaving several devices at a train station in Elizabeth in New
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney,
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