Manhattan Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison

Ahmad Rahimi

Ahmad Rahimi

Ahmad Khan Rahimi injured 30 people when one of his pressure cooker bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood in 2016.

Federal prosecutors say he has not shown remorse and has tried to radicalize fellow inmates.

Hours earlier a pipe bomb, also planted by Rahimi, exploded in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

He is also accused of planting bombs on a race route and a train station in New Jersey.

Ahmad Rahimi
Ahmad Rahimi

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

Rahimi was critically wounded in a shootout with police on September 19 before being captured, and was found with a handwritten journal lauding Osama bin Laden and US-born Al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki.

Rahimi, a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan, said at his sentencing hearing that doesn't "harbor hare for anyone", but federal prosecutors said he has tried to radicalize fellow inmates.

The third bomb was found four blocks north at 27th Street. "That's when I started" noticing discrimination, Rahimi said in his emotionless five-minute statement.

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Mohammad Rahimi, told NBC New York on Monday that he told the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014 that he was anxious his son might have been radicalized.

"There is no comparison between the grievances that you may feel and the actions you took..."

He was convicted of charges including the use and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destroying property by means of fire or explosives, and using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence - namely, the use and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction.

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

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Rahimi's lawyer, Xavier Donaldson, argued that the court should impose a sentence of only 15 years or less on top of the mandatory 30-year and life terms.

"There is nothing that could justify anything but a life sentence", US District Judge Richard Berman told the court.

"As the evidence at trial demonstrated, the defendant was committed to waging his holy war against Americans years before he carried out his attack", prosecutors said of Rahimi according to Fox News.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill praised the officers who responded to the Chelsea blast, as well as the authorities who tracked down and prosecuted Rahimi.

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