Suspect in custody connected to New York, New Jersey bombings

LINDEN, NJ (KXAN) — Police have taken 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami into custody in connection with the explosive devices found planted in New Jersey, according to NBC New York.

Rahami was captured by police in Linden, New Jersey, according to officials after a shoot out that left him and one officer injured. The former Deputy Chief of Counter-terrorism at the State Department and now Vice President of Intelligence at Austin-based Stratfor, Fred Burton joined us in the KXAN studio to give insight into the investigation.

NYPD identifies the bombing suspect as Ahmad Khan Rahami
NYPD identifies the bombing suspect as Ahmad Khan Rahami

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says Saturday’s bombings in Manhattan could be an act of terrorism with a foreign connection. Cuomo said 29 people were injured. Also on Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded in New Jersey ahead of a 5K. Last night, another five explosive devices were found near an Elizabeth, New Jersey train station.

“It’s been my experience working these kinds of cases that in all probability that the suspect has a couple at least people that are assisting,” said Burton.

Investigators found another bomb nearby the one that went off in New York. Burton said there is a tremendous amount of forensic evidence whenever you can recover an intact IED such as fingerprints, and the way the wires are cut.

“There is a very unique bomb makers signature that’s specific to the person who put it together,” said Burton. “So combined with the surveillance video footage those two pieces will have no doubt lead the investigators to the suspect.”

According to Burton, the bomb description gives an indication of who may be involved. “It tells me the suspect did not have the time nor the money to travel to learn how to put these together,” said Burton. “In an essence he has learned this skill off the internet and it’s very very difficult to get a bomb to work unless you practice.”

“Our post 9/11 law enforcement world is geared for this kind of case,” said Burton.

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