Chelsea bomber gets multiple life prison sentences for New York blast that injured 30



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New Jersey man convicted in all the charges of planting the pressure cooker bombs on New York City streets; Laura Ingle reports.

The convicted terrorist who planted two pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets — including one that injured 30 people with a rain of grenades when it explodes — was sentenced Tuesday to life terms in prison.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, was convicted in October of planting the pressure cooker bombs in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 17, 2016.

The explosion in New York City happened hours after a small pipe bomb went off during a Marine Corps 5K run in Seaside Heights, N. J. no one was injured in that explosion, because the match was postponed. A subsequent two-day manhunt ended in a shootout with the police in New Jersey, where Rahimi was shot several times. No police were injured.

Federal prosecutors said Rahimi’t shown remorse since his arrest, and has tried to radicalize fellow prisoners in the federal prison in New York.

In this Dec. 20, 2016, file photo, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, center, is led to court in Elizabeth, N. J.

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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

When you are asked to speak at his sentencing Tuesday, Rahimi said he does not “harbor hatred for no one.”

Rahimi, an Afghanistan-born man inspired by ISIS and Al-Qaeda started in 2012 with an attempt to radicalize other inmates in the Metropolitan Correctional Center at the end of last year.


According to the prosecutor, he handed propaganda materials, speeches by terrorist leaders such as Osama bin laden and Anwar al-Awlaki in addition to the bomb-making instructions. A prisoner who was said to have viewed the materials was faced with the charges of providing material support and resources to ISIS.

A vehicle left damaged in addition to a waste container as a security guard walks past the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, USA 18 September 2016.

(REUTERS/Rashid Umar Abbasi)

Sajmir Alimehmeti, who is accused of trying to recruit for ISIS, was moved last month from Rahimi, after he was caught with a usb stick of materials that included bomb-making instructions, and copies of an Al-Qaeda magazine, according to the New York Post.

“As the evidence at trial demonstrated, the defendant is committed to the conduct of the holy war against the Americans years before he carried out his attack,” officers of justice, said Rahimi. “Even today, he appears to remain steadfast in that commitment, and no regret. The defendant in the communication, while incarcerated, continue to show that, far from the appreciation of the depravity of his actions, he is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as committed as ever to terrorist ideology.”


Ahmad Khan Rahami is to see in this image made from video released by the New Jersey State Police for the attack in New York City.

(New Jersey State Police/Handout)

On Monday, Rahimi’s father called him a “terrorist” in an interview with WNBC, but claimed he contacted the FBI in 2014 with the worry that his son might be a terrorist.

“After two months, they say, ‘Your son is not to do an act as a terrorist,'” Mohammad Rahami told the tv station. “I said,” You sure that he does not have anything to do with it?” He said, ‘Yes, it is good news.'”

An FBI official told The Associated Press in an earlier interview that Rahami “in no time,” discussed his son’s radicalization or potential interest of Al-Qaeda or the Taliban in interviews with agents.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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