NY bomber, Ahmad Rahimi, sentenced to life in prison

14 February, 2018, 19:20 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Since Rahimi’s arrest two other lone-wolf attackers have carried out bombings in New York

A federal court in Manhattan sentenced Ahmad Khan Rahimi to life in prison for planting and detonating bombs in the U.S. states of NY and New Jersey in 2016, the Justice Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

A NY judge today sentenced a United States restaurant worker to life in prison following a September 2016 bombing that wounded 31 people in Manhattan's upscale Chelsea neighbourhood.

Chilling surveillance videos played at Rahimi's trial showed pedestrians enjoying a temperate Saturday night before they recoiled in shock and ran for their lives when his pressure-cooker bomb blew up outside a home for the blind and disabled around 8 p.m. September 17, 2016.

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

Police arrested Rahimi on September 19, 2016, after a shootout outside the Linden, New Jersey, doorway where Rahimi had been sleeping.

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A second similar bomb, which was found a few blocks away on 27th Street, failed to detonate.

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

"One thing a life sentence does is to make sure you don't do it again", Berman said.

"I've learned to understand why there's such frustration between the Muslim community overseas and the American people", Rahimi said, attributing this understanding to "life experience".

Wearing blue prison smock and white cap Tuesday, Rahimi refuted these claims, telling the court that the fellow inmate was already "radicalized by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents when he was on the outside".

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In recent court papers, prosecutors painted Rahimi as a remorseless terrorist who was basking in his newfound infamy.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley argued that everything Rahimi has done since 2016 "has been fueled by hate", and "he has shown no remorse".

"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees".

"With the sentencing of Ahmad Khan Rahimi to multiple terms of life in prison, justice has been served", Cuomo said in a statement.

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