Twenty-nine people where injured near a Manhattan, New York neighborhood Saturday night after an explosion detonated near the area. Sam Smith, a nearby resident, told CNN he saw a bright light and then heard a nearby explosion, and it “took [him] an hour and a half before [he] could hear again.”
The suspect, Ahmad Kahn Rahami, 28, was found sleeping near the doorway of a bar in New Jersey Monday, and the owner called police after he recognized him, according to CNN. Rahami was captured after a frantic manhunt and shootout that injured him and required surgery. Terrorism is believed to be involved, according to multiple news reports.
“We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday.
A pressure cooker draped with wires and a cell phone was found near the scene of the explosion, and FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said Rahami was “directly linked” to it. Authorities also believe Rahami was the man seen in a surveillance video placing a duffel bag near the scene of the explosion. During the shootout Monday, two officers were hit — one in the vest and the other in the hand.
President Barack Obama on Monday applauded the citizens of New York and New Jersey for their strength and grit
“Folks around here, they don’t get scared. They’re tough, they’re resilient, they go about their business every single day.”
President Obama: Terrorism can be defeated “by showing those who want to do us harm that they will never beat us.” https://t.co/zmvlMTb69T— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 19, 2016