Note: Originally published on Sept. 21.
The detonation of a pipe bomb placed in a trash can along the United States Marine Corps charity race route jarred Seaside Park, New Jersey around 10 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 17. There were no casualties. Later that same night, a homemade pressure cooker bomb erupted in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, injuring 29 people. The police found a second pressure cooker bomb, undetonated, several blocks away. The next day, Sept. 18, authorities discovered five bombs at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. On Sept. 19, the suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested in Linden, New Jersey following a shootout with authorities. The New Jersey state court and federal authorities charged Rahami with five counts of attempted murder of police officers and two counts of use of a destructive device.
There were reports of a note connecting the bombings with the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. It is believed that Rahami modeled his bombs after those used by the Tsarnaev brothers. Authorities think his use of Hexamethylene triperoide in making the explosives suggests that Rahami received training on how to create the bombs from Taliban groups while visiting Afghanistan.
Rahami is a 28-year-old, Afghani-born American citizen. Authorities have determined that Rahami did not officially coordinate his efforts with a terrorist cell, but acted in inspiration of al-Qaeda and founder Osama bin Laden. Authorities have also determined that this event maintains no connection with the stabbings that occurred in Minnesota around the same time.