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New York bombing suspect 'critical but stable': Police

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was wounded in a shootout Monday with police in Linden, New Jersey.

Published: 20th September 2016 06:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2016 06:46 PM   |  A+A-

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Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park. | AP

By AFP

NEW YORK: The suspect held on suspicion of carrying out weekend bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey is in critical but stable condition in a hospital, police said Tuesday.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was wounded in a shootout Monday with police in Linden, New Jersey, just four hours after the FBI released his mugshot and sent text message alerts to millions of people.

"Critical but stable," New York police commissioner James O'Neill told CBS News when asked if the suspect would likely survive.

Rahami was shot multiple times and underwent surgery on Monday, the local prosecutor said. He has been charged on five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two unlawful weapons counts.

Police are still investigating the motives behind Saturday's bombings in the New York neighborhood of Chelsea, which injured 29 people, and a pipe blast at a US Marine Corps race on the Jersey shore.

Officials say that Rahami travelled "extensively" to Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years, but have not yet found evidence linking him to militant groups such as the Islamic State or the Taliban.

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