UPDATED: Man wanted for Chelsea explosion

28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami

28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami

UPDATE: Rahami has been arrested after firing at police in New Jersey, NBC New York reported. He’s also wanted for a bombing in New Jersey, the Daily News reported.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for a man believed to be involved in the bombing in front of  135 West 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on Saturday night.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, born on January 23, 1988 in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, NJ. He is about 5’6″ and weighs about 200 pounds, He has brown eyes, brown hair and brown facial hair.

He is considered armed and dangerous and police are instructing anyone who sees him not to approach him and to dial 911 immediately.

The FBI is investigating the cause of the explosion, which occurred at 8:30 p.m. Multiple news outlets reported that the bomb, which was made with a pressure cooker, flip phone and Christmas lights, was filled with shrapnel and designed to inflict maximum damage. Another device was found on West 27th Street that did not detonate. Twenty-nine people were injured, and all of the victims were treated at the hospital and have been released.

As of Monday morning, most of the transit closures and street detours have been lifted but 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues remains closed. M23 buses are detoured in both directions, to 14th Street in the eastbound direction and to 34th Street in the westbound direction. PATH service has resumed except at the 23rd Street station.

 

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