Authorities on Monday arrested the
man they believe responsible for the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey after a swift manhunt culminating in a shootout that wounded the suspect and two officers.
Prosecutors charged Ahmad Khan Rahami , a 28 – year – old naturalized U. S . citizen and Afghanistan native, with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
He is expected to face further charges in the bombings that set the New York region on edge over the weekend.
Law enforcement and New York City officials said Monday that they do not believe Rahami operated as part of a terrorist cell, and they were not actively seeking any other suspects.
But they said they had more work to do to determine what motivated him and if anyone helped.
“ We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror ,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said.