Monday, September 19, 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami 'Vacationed' in Afghanistan, Brought Pakistani Wife Back Home

Oh brother. This kinda thing's getting to be a model for American jihad, apparently.

Syed Rizwan Farook's wife, Tashfeen Malik, was from Paksitan as well. He picked her up while visiting Saudi Arabia. They were wonderfully "assimilated" into American life, that is, until they slaughtered fourteen innocent co-workers at the San Bernardino government center.

In any case, at the Los Angeles Times, "Suspect in New York-area bombings had traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan":

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey, had traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan several times in recent years, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation.

Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan who was captured Monday after a shootout with police, had taken three separate, months-long trips to Pakistan, traveling from there to Afghanistan, the officials said.

Investigators say Rahami had married a Pakistani woman whom he brought with him to the U.S.

The woman left the U.S. for Pakistan in recent days and was intercepted by officials in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, the U.S. official said.

Officials do not know whether she was aware of Rahami’s plans.

Prosecutors in New Jersey on Monday charged Rahami with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with the shootout in Linden, N.J., that led to his arrest.

No charges related to the bombings had been filed by late Monday.  Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield in Union County, N.J., set bail at $5.2 million.

Linden is near Elizabeth, N.J., where Rahami lived with his family, Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said.

Rahami, 28, was in surgery after being shot three times by police — in the shoulder, the forearm and leg.

An account from the Union County prosecutor’s office said Rahami was taken into custody after a uniformed police officer approached a man later identified as Rahami about 10:30 a.m. outside a bar in Linden.

“At that time, Rahami immediately produced a handgun and shot the officer in the torso, striking him in his protective vest,” prosecutors said in a statement...