Chelsea bomber sentenced to rot away in prison

New York bomber sentenced to life in prison

A year earlier, in September 2016, Rahimi transported two improvised pressure-cooker bombs - similar to those used in the Boston marathon bombing in April 2013 - from New Jersey to NY, placing both in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, authorities said.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for carrying out a series of 2016 bombings that, while nonfatal, caused panic in NY and New Jersey. The bomb left along the Seaside Park boardwalk was a pipe bomb stuffed in a trash can; the NY bombs were "pressure cooker" style devices.

Rahimi, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with New Jersey police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence. He went on to place a homemade bomb - packed into a pressure cooker and wired to a flip-phone detonator - on a stretch of the Chelsea neighborhood's West 23rd Street, busy with pedestrians on a warm Saturday night.

Ahmad Rahimi, an Afghan-born USA citizen convicted of planting bombs in NY and New Jersey.

The second bomb, in the vicinity of 131 West 27th Street, was identified by a civilian soon after the first bomb detonated, the complaint said.

Other devices were left in a rubbish bin at a train station in New Jersey.




But, he added, "I have come to understand why there is such a big frustration between Muslims overseas and the American people".

While speaking in court Rahimi placed blame on the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not acting on his father's warning.

Rahimi passed on terrorist propaganda and instructions on how to make explosives to other inmates.

Rahimi was also ordered to pay $563,000 to victims.

He said he considered Rahimi to be a danger to the community, citing the "hostile and threatening " nature of the bombings and the influence of "virulent anti-U.S." terrorist propaganda. "It is not. Today's sentencing - of life in prison - should be the strongest deterrent to future acts of terror".

"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees". Rahimi was convicted by a jury in October of setting off weapons of mass destruction.

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