Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, described as a naturalized citizen of Afghan descent, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was taken into custody today in connection with a bombing in Manhattan on Saturday night after he was wounded by gunfire in an encounter with the police, the New York Times reports. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who had said that the attack did not appear to have a link to international terrorism, said new evidence might change that thinking. “I would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act,” he said today on CNN. The bombing took on added urgency as leaders from around the world travel to New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly this week.
Police discovered five pipe bombs in a backpack near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J., detonating one of them overnight as they sought to disarm them. Before dawn, agents conducted a series of raids in the New Jersey city. It was not yet known whether the backpack had any connection to a bomb that injured 29 people in Manhattan on Saturday night, or to a bomb nearby that failed to detonate, or to a bomb that went off Saturday morning in Seaside Park, N.J., without injuring anybody. Late last night, two law enforcement officials said that investigators stopped a car near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and took five people to an FBI office in Manhattan for questioning in the bombing investigation.