NY bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

Randolph Lopez
February 14, 2018

Rahimi, a naturalised U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, was shot several times but survived.

A NY judge handed down multiple life sentences to an Islamic State terrorist Tuesday for carrying out multiple bombings across the state in 2016.

Inspired by the Daesh and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups, Rahimi planted and detonated several bombs in the USA states of New York and New Jersey, including a pressure cooker device that exploded in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea, wounding 30 people.

The first bomb, which was in the area of 135 West 23rd Street, detonated and injured more than 30 individuals.

Rahimi is also accused of planting a bomb near a race route in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, that detonated before the runners passed by, and of leaving six bombs in backpack near the Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station.

Prosecutors said Rahimi even tried radicalizing fellow inmates inside Manhattan's notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center by "distributing propaganda and publications issued by terrorist organizations".

At Rahimi's two-week trial, prosecutors said it was a "miracle" that nobody was killed in the September 17, 2016 attack.

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He was convicted last October.

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.

Defence lawyer Xavier Donaldson said 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 Rahami's belief that he could help people while employed in a position that would guarantee him some type of pension", Donaldson wrote.

Among the spectators who packed the Manhattan federal courtroom for Rahimi's sentencing was a woman who walked in with a guide dog and sat in a row reserved for victims.

Ms Nelson, of Brooklyn, was taken to hospital after the auto she was driving was rocked by the explosion.

She looked him in the eye as she spoke and he stared back but said nothing.

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