Chelsea bomber sentenced to rot away in prison

Marie Harrington
February 14, 2018

Ahmad Rahimi was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison Tuesday after planting bombs in NY and New Jersey.

Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the crime scene in Manhattan shortly after the explosion.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, an Afghan immigrant who became radicalized through online postings by al Qaeda and ISIS, had faced at least one mandatory life sentence since a jury convicted him in October on eight counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Rahimi, a fast food worker turned homegrown extremist, brought two pressure cooker bombs from New Jersey to Manhattan on September 17 2016, planting them on W. 23 and W. 27th St., officials said.

"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees".

A year earlier, in September 2016, Rahimi transported two improvised pressure-cooker bombs - similar to those used in the Boston marathon bombing in April 2013 - from New Jersey to NY, placing both in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, authorities said.

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Rahimi was also ordered to pay $563,000 to victims. A passerby spotted it and alerted police who sent a bomb squad to remove the bomb without incident.

Rahimi's attorney, Xavier Donaldson, said they plan to appeal. "His clear intention was to take as many lives as possible".

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill noted in a statement that Rahimi's sentencing should deter future acts of terror. Hours later, in the Chelsea section of Manhattan at 23rd Street, another pressure-cooker bomb blew up inside of a Dumpster, blowing out windows of nearby buildings and projecting shrapnel hundreds of yards away. A second bomb failed to detonate. The individual subsequently called 911, and the bomb did not go off.

The race was behind schedule, but if it had started on time, the bomb would have gone off while participants were running by the area in which Rahimi planted the device.

The next day when returning to New Jersey Rahimi left a backpack containing six pipe bombs in a New Jersey train station and one exploded after being detonated by a police robot, but caused no injuries.

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