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A key suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey was besieged, injured and captured on Monday. He is still in hospital and is accused of trying to kill the police.
David green, host:
The key suspect in this weekend’s bombing in New York and New Jersey, ahmad khan rahami, was injured yesterday, injured and then arrested. Investigators are now looking at his possible motives. They also want to know about his international travel. Let’s talk more about NPR’s Dina temple-raston. Good morning, dina.
DINA temple-raston, wired: good morning.
Edward green: so after a tense weekend, I mean, it’s over – there was a lot of drama in linden, New Jersey, yesterday. It sounded like it.
TEMPLE-RASTON: yes, the police were injured in the dramatic shootout. Rahami was taken to a hospital in New Jersey for treatment because of a gunshot wound. He was charged with five counts of attempted murder yesterday morning and tried to kill the police who found him sleeping outside a bar in New Jersey.
Glen: he’s dozing at the door. I guess they woke him up. He’s ready to start – he started firing at them.
TEMPLE-RASTON: he just pulled out a gun and immediately fired a policeman who was angering him into the abdomen. And he had a bulletproof vest, so – police officer – so he wasn’t hurt too much. Now, officials are questioning his brother and his father to see if they can reveal what might inspire him, or whether they helped him in some way.
Edward green: New York City mayor bill blasio says it’s a terrorist act, I mean, it’s a language – it certainly gets people’s attention. Do officials think there are groups behind it? Is he acting alone or with his family? What do they know so far?
Temple-raston: ok, there are some interesting clues that the police and the FBI are tracking. First, a note was found in a plastic bag covered with a pressure bomb that had not disappeared in Manhattan. It was the 27th street, four blocks from the bomb, which exploded on Saturday night and injured dozens of people.
Edward green: yes.
TEMPLE-RASTON: in that picture, they discovered the Boston marathon bomber. Investigators are looking for patterns to see if Rahami could be used as a parody attack, or if he shares some ideology with the Boston bomber.Edward green: I told you yesterday that the Boston marathon bomb – pressure cooker is as you described it. I mean, are there any other similarities between these attacks and what happened in Boston?
Temple-raston: yes. It goes well beyond equipment. Rahami suspects that the pressure bomb is a more powerful explosive force than Boston’s. It has a more complicated detonator and launch system. But Rahami’s personal story reveals similarities. He is an afghan-american, often returning to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He spends a lot of time in areas where there are violent islamist groups. You may remember that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the brother of the Boston bombing, returned to dagestan.
Edward green: yes.
TEMPLE-RASTON: this is the southernmost Russian province in the country. He then returned to the United States after a period of time to try to fight there. Rahami seems to have spent nearly a year in Quetta, a city on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is where the Afghan taliban ruling council or the shura council is located. Al qaeda also exists there. And he spent some time in Karachi, where the Pakistani taliban is a huge presence. So investigators haven’t made any conclusions about this or his motives, but clearly these trips are a focus area.
Edward green: I mean, I mean, if he’s been there for a while, he might wonder if he has had some kind of military training with these groups.
Temple-raston: that’s true. The investigators have not yet found conclusive evidence that he did so, but they told me that the bombs he made were so complex that they might need some kind of training. I mean, his equipment actually went out, which means some practice. I mean, they could be pressure cookers, but that’s what they’re like in Boston. There is something puzzling about this case.
Do you know why he chose his goal? The Times square bomber, trained in Pakistan in 2010, chose times square because of its symbolism. But what does the symbolism of the alley on the 23rd street mean…
Edward green: yes.
TEMPLE-RASTON: one of Rahami’s goals? So they try to put all this together and try to figure out what he is — what his motives are and who he might be in contact with.
Edward green: well, try to learn as much as you can from NPR’s dina templeton. Thank you very much, dina.
Temple-raston: you’re welcome.


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