Chelsea Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison

Inset: Bomber Ahmad Khan. After the shootout, police officers recovered a journal containing Islamist rhetoric and praise for known terrorist groups and ideologies.
Inset: Bomber Ahmad Khan. After the shootout, police officers recovered a journal containing Islamist rhetoric and praise for known terrorist groups and ideologies. (Photo: police)

The terrorist who set off two pressure cooker bombs and injured 30 people in 2016 has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi set off a pressure cooker bomb in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood as well as another bomb in New Jersey. Rahimi, originally born in Afghanistan, was captured following a shootout with police.

Federal prosecutors said Rahimi had not only shown no remorse but also tried to radicalize other inmates in prison.

“The sentencing will not heal the pain and suffering that this despicable act caused New Yorkers, but it sends a strong message that we will not tolerate those who seek to sow fear, hate and violence,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

Rahimi was convicted on eight charges including use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place and interstate transportation of explosives.

Authorities believe Rahimi became radicalized on a trip to Afghanistan in 2014.

His writings and internet searches indicated he was interested in terrorism and groups such as ISIS, but authorities say he acted as a “lone wolf” contending he had no formal ties with a specific terror group.

Rahimi was found to have placed nine bombs in total, but most of them failed to detonate. He set one of the bombs in a garbage can in Seaside, N.J. at the finish line of a charity race for the U.S. Marine Corps. However, because of the large turnout for the race, the start time was delayed and no one was hurt when the bomb exploded.

The pressure-cooker bomb placed by Rahimi in a dumpster in Chelsea and filled with shrapnel exploded on West 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, injuring 31 people.

 

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