NY bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

NY bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

NY bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his homemade bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016.

Rahimi, a 30-year-old USA citizen born in Afghanistan, said that he had been "harassed" by authorities while travelling because of his Muslim appearance after he started practicing the religion.

Earlier the same day, a bomb went off near the start of a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

Rahimi, a fast food worker turned homegrown extremist, brought two pressure cooker bombs from New Jersey to Manhattan on September 17 2016, planting them on W. 23 and W. 27th St., officials said.

Police arrested Rahimi on September 19, 2016, after a shootout outside the Linden, New Jersey, doorway where Rahimi had been sleeping.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, center, is led into court in Elizabeth, N.J. on December 20.

Using fingerprints found inside the unexploded devices, authorities tied the Afghan-born USA citizen to a series of bombings that injured 30 across the area.

While Rahimi wasn't charged for terrorism, his father, Mohammad Rahimi, had warned the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014 his son may have been radicalized.

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Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, appears in court.

Rahami, given a chance to speak at his sentencing, said: "I don't harbor hate for anyone". A second pressure cooker bomb was found a few blocks away, on 27th Street, but it didn't detonate. "You sit down and laugh", Nelson, 48, said.

"Rahimi attempted to wreak havoc in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City".

His sentencing attorney, Xavier Donaldson, requested in a letter to the judge that Rahimi, as part of his sentencing, "be allowed to avail himself of any educational opportunities" that he might qualify for in prison.

"As the evidence at trial demonstrated, the defendant was committed to waging his holy war against Americans years before he carried out his attack", prosecutors said of Rahimi according to Fox News.

Judge Berman said Tuesday that Rahimi's defense provided "not an ounce of justification".

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill praised the officers who responded to the Chelsea blast, as well as the authorities who tracked down and prosecuted Rahimi.

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