Chelsea, NYC bombing suspect indicted on terrorism charges

This undated image released September 19, 2016 by the New Jersey State Police shows Ahmad Khan Rahami. © New Jersey State Police
Ahmed Khan Rahimi has been officially charged with federal terror charges for his alleged role in planting bombs in New Jersey’s Seaside Heights and New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. As a result, 31 people were injured

Rahimi, 28, is accused of planting bombs on September 17 that injured 31 people. In addition, he is facing five charges concerning use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a place of public use, destroying property by means of fire or explosive, attempted destruction of property by means of fire or explosive, interstate transportation and receipt of explosives and two counts of using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.

In addition, he also faces charges of attempted murder as a result of a shootout he was involved in with police. His charges were announced on Wednesday by the US District Attorney’s office. Rahimi has pled not guilty.


On September 17, a pressure cooker bomb exploded in a construction dumpster in Chelsea and wounded 31 one people. Earlier in the day, a similar bomb exploded at a 5k charity race for Marine Corps on the Jersey Shore. It did not injure anyone.