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New York - Bomber Gets Life In Prison For New York, New Jersey Attacks

Published on: February 13, 2018 02:50 PM
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FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2016, file photo, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, center, is led into court in Elizabeth, N.J. Rahimi, who set off small bombs on a New York City street and at a charity race in New Jersey, is set to be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, by a federal judge in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2016, file photo, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, center, is led into court in Elizabeth, N.J. Rahimi, who set off small bombs on a New York City street and at a charity race in New Jersey, is set to be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, by a federal judge in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

New York - A man who set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block, was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his bombs exploded in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016. A second bomb planted nearby did not detonate.

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That blast happened just hours after a small pipe bomb exploded along a Marine Corps road race in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, frightening participants but injuring no one.

The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. Rahimi was shot several times but survived.

Federal prosecutors said in court papers that Rahimi has not shown remorse and had tried to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in New York where he has been imprisoned since his arrest.

“He is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology,” they wrote.

Rahimi, given a chance to speak at his sentencing, said: “I don’t harbor hate for anyone.”

Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a U.S. airstrike in September 2011.

Rahimi also allowed some inmates to view materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he spread “The Book of Jihad,” bomb-making instructions and various issues of a propaganda magazine.

Defense attorney Xavier Donaldson said that Rahimi had once aspired to be a police officer and worked as a security guard after studying criminal justice at a community college.

“It was Mr. Rahimi’s belief that he could help people while employed in a position that would guarantee him some type of pension,” Donaldson wrote.

While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote.



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 Feb 13, 2018 at 03:37 PM Anonymous Says:

He should not have any unsupervised computer access. His diet should be skimpy measures of dried bread and water. Why should taxpayers provide this evil animal with any forms of comforts?

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 03:45 PM Anonymous Says:

But he’s just a freedom fighter upset about Israeli “settlements!”

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 05:17 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

But he’s just a freedom fighter upset about Israeli “settlements!”

Fool!

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 08:26 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

#1 How should we treat your children when they are arrested?

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 09:04 PM Anonymous Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

#1 How should we treat your children when they are arrested?

For terror? Death penalty.

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 03:20 PM Ppppp Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Fool!

Uh..,,I think u missed the sarcasm.

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 09:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Why is it that this convicted terrorist is allowed to use a laptop, but Jonathan Pollard, can't use any computer, without it being monitored?

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