Manhattan Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison

14 February, 2018, 19:15 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Manhattan bomber sentenced to life

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.

A NY judge handed down multiple life sentences to an Islamic State terrorist Tuesday for carrying out multiple bombings across the state in 2016. On Sept. 17, 2016, Rahimi traveled to Manhattan from his home in Elizabeth, New Jersey, pulling suitcases on rollers with each hand.

"It's inexplicable that anyone would do that intentionally", he said.

Ahmad Rahimi reads a statement to the judge during his sentencing hearing in NY on Tuesday.

"The explosion propelled a more-than-100-pound dumpster - which was introduced as an exhibit at trial - more than 120 feet".

Pauline Nelson, a mother of four who was driving near the bomb when it went off, shot Rahimi daggers as she railed against his courtroom demeanor.

Rahimi is also accused of planting a bomb near a race route in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, that detonated before the runners passed by, and of leaving six bombs in backpack near the Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station.


"There is no comparison between the grievances that you may feel and the actions you took", he said. He was convicted of eight criminal charges in October 2017, including bombing a public place and using a weapon of mass destruction.

Rahimi wasn't charged with terrorism, but his father, Mohammad Rahimi, said he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to warn that his son may have been radicalized and the agency informed him his son wasn't engaged in terrorist behavior.

Using fingerprints found inside the unexploded devices, authorities tied the Afghan-born US citizen to a series of bombings that injured 30 across the area.

"Rahimi's conviction and sentencing are victories for New York City and our nation in the fight against terror".

Rahimi passed on terrorist propaganda and instructions on how to make explosives to other inmates. Asked why his client had not expressed remorse, he called him "a complicated person".

"Ahmed Kahn Rahimi placed two ticking bombs in a crowded Manhattan neighborhood on a warm Saturday night". It was the most cowardly of all crimes.

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