A 28-year-old Afghani native is being sought in connection with explosions in Manhattan and New Jersey that left 29 wounded and sparked fears of a local terror cell, according to federal officials.
Early Monday, FBI agents raided the Elizabeth, New Jersey, home of Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized US citizen who could be armed and dangerous, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“We need to get this guy in right away,” de Blasio said on CNN. “My experience is once the FBI zeroes in on someone, they will get them.”
Rahami is believed to be operating a 2003 blue Honda Civic bearing NJ registration D63EYB, New Jersey State Police say.
Speaking also on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” de Blasio said: “We know a lot more than we did just 24 hours ago. It’s certainly leaning more in the direction that this was a specific act of terror.”
The apartment search began after one of five devices found at a nearby Elizabeth train station exploded while a bomb squad robot tried to disarm it. No one was injured.
Authorities have evidence that Rahami also was connected to an unexploded device on 27th Street and a blast Saturday morning at Seaside Heights, New Jersey, ahead of a race for Marines and sailors, The New York Times reported.
A law enforcement official told the paper there is no direct evidence yet linking Rahami to ISIS or Al Qaeda.