WVUA 23 REPORTER WAS BLOCKS AWAY FROM NYC EXPLOSION
NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors have charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting a series of bombs in New York and New Jersey, including one that injured 31 people when it blew up on a busy street.
The criminal complaint was unsealed Tuesday at a federal court in Manhattan.
Rahami was captured Monday after being wounded in a gunfight with police in Linden, New Jersey.
He remains hospitalized. Rahami is already facing state charges in connection with the shootout.
Investigators say Rahami planted two bombs in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night. One didn’t go off.
Another bomb exploded harmlessly in a New Jersey seaside town earlier the same day.
The complaint also accuses him of leaving another set of explosives in a trash bin by a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
On Saturday WVUA 23’s own Yostina Banoub was just blocks away from Chelsea when the bomb went off.
Moments after, she made her way to the scene to describe to us what she saw.
In a live phone report, said at least 25 people were injured by an explosion from a bomb that went off in a dumpster between Sixth and Seventh avenues and 23rd Street. Witnesses described feeling the blast. There was a large police presence, and streets were blocked by first responders.