BOLO: FBI looking for Ahmad Khan Rahami., NBC News’ Tom Winter reported on Twitter that law enforcement officials are concerned there “MAY be an active terror cell” in the New York and New Jersey area., NYC Ahmad Khan Rahami’s Pressure Cooker Bombs used Christmas tree lights as “an initiator”, TERRORISM: Ahmad Khan Rahami Pressure Cooker Bomb Blast 131 W. 23rd St NYC Just Like Failed Times Square Attempt by Faisal Shahzad
Monday, September 19, 2016
UPDATED: NYT The police took into custody Monday the man they believed to be behind the bombings in Manhattan Saturday night, Ahmad Khan Rahami, according to law enforcement officials. The dramatic arrest came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents in the area telling them to be on the lookout for the suspect, who was described as “armed and dangerous.
NBC News’ Tom Winter reported on Twitter that law enforcement officials are concerned there “MAY be an active terror cell” in the New York and New Jersey area. Late on September 18, the New York Post reported that investigators had stopped a car near the Verrazano-Narrows bridge linking Staten Island to Brooklyn. Senator Marty Golden said on Instagram that the traffic stop was related to the bombing. The Post added that five people were taken into custody in the stop and were questioned in an FBI building in Manhattan. The New York Times reports that the suspects were mostly from the same family and “may” have been headed to JFK Airport. The New York Daily News reports that the SUV the five were traveling in contained a stash of weapons.
NYC Ahmad Khan Rahami’s Pressure Cooker Bombs used Christmas tree lights as “an initiator” in the shrapnel-filled pressure cooker bombs he planted on W 23rd St and W 27rd Street in NYC. The Boston Marathon bombers used Christmas lights to spread Islamic terror. The lights acted as “an initiator” in the shrapnel-filled pressure cooker bombs that they dropped at the finish line, FBI Special Agent Edward Knapp testified Thursday at the terrorism trial of the surviving Tsarnaev brother.
“It’s not that sophisticated,” Knapp said in Boston Federal Court. “It’s not too difficult a system to build.” The instructions were found on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s laptop computer in an article titled “How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.” It was culled from Inspire, a jihadi online magazine published by Samir Khan and Al Qaeda in the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, the radical Al Qaeda affiliate based in Yemen.
INSPIRE MAGAZINE SAMIR KHAN: Christmas tree lights used as ignitor for pressure cooker bomb, detailed guidance in how to re purpose a small Christmas tree lamp by converting it to an electrically-powered ignition by opening up the end of the bulb for a spark.
TERRORISM: Pressure Cooker Bomb Blast at 131 W. 23rd Street NYC. NEW YORK — Authorities removed a second explosive device early Sunday — reportedly a pressure cooker — near the site of Saturday night’s blast that injured more than two dozen people in the Chelsea neighborhood. At a news conference before the discovery of a second device, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the explosion injured at least 29 people. A device believed to be a pressure cooker was subsequently found on West 27th Street, four blocks from the initial blast on West 23rd, according to the New York Police Department. “The suspicious device on West 27 Street in Chelsea has been safely removed by the NYPD Bomb Squad,” the police department tweeted at 2:24 a.m. ET Sunday.
May 1, 2010, Al-Qaeda inspired Faisal Shahzad drove a Nissan Pathfinder SUV, loaded with the improvised explosive pressure cooker bomb and incendiary devices consisting of propane tanks, to Manhattan and parked the Pathfinder in Times Square in the vicinity of 45th Street and Seventh Avenue. After parking the Pathfinder, Shahzad attempted to begin the detonation process of the improvised explosive and incendiary devices which did not ignite. The purpose of the Times Square bomb blast was to shatter glass in all the surrounding high rise buildings and kill hundreds of pedestrians walking under the shower of falling glass shards. Faisal Shahzad, the terrorist confessed to the attempted car bombing in Times Square on May 1, 2010. In the statement, Shahzad talked down the approach of anti-Western peaceful protesting, stating, “You would have to agree to the fact that there’s a force out there that’s fighting the West, and is defeating them.”
In July 2010, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen published an article titled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” with instructions by Samir Khan in the first edition of its glossy new magazine, Inspire. The magazine, which was widely circulated online, included step-by-step instructions on how to make a pressure cooker bomb, with the goal of encouraging “lone wolf” attacks against the United States and its allies.That same month, DHS issued an “information bulletin” to warn authorities again of the dangers of pressure cookers as bombs, noting that they had been used “frequently” in numerous South Asian countries, where they were also commonly used for cooking.
Most pressure cooker bombs are detonated by cell phone activation so that ISIS inspired or Al-Qaeda wana-be has time to get away from the blast. Investigators have found similarities between a bomb that exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and the explosive devices in New York City — including the use of cellphones to detonate the devices — according to multiple law enforcement officials, but authorities Sunday said they have not concluded the incidents are connected. New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Sunday afternoon that at this point investigators do not see a connection between the New Jersey bomb and the New York City devices, and that the investigation is ongoing.
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