In a major breakthrough to the recent blasts in New York city, the police nabbed Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old man suspected for the blasts.
Officials said he was caught following a shootout on Monday, after the police launched a massive manhunt for the suspects of the deadly blasts.
Rahami was a naturalised US citizen of Afghan origin, the police said adding that he had gone to Pakistan and Afghanistan many times in the past.
Rahami has been charged for an attempted murder of a police personnel after his shootout with investigators in Linden, New Jersey, sources said. He has been slapped with a second-degree charge for possessing of a weapon, according to CNN.
Officials revealed Rahami has been caught when they found him sleeping in the doorway of a local bar, Merdie’s Tavern.
The owner of the bar, Harinder Bains, informed the police after recognising Rahami from news.
Police said Rahami was injured in the ensuing gunfight that followed when they tried to catch him. He was taken to hospital later where he underwent an surgery.
The suspect is believed to be involved in bomb blasts in New York City, New Jersey on Saturday. Police said they recovered five pipe bombs from Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Sunday night.
“We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. According to the FBI, it doesn’t found any ”indication” of an terrorists active in city of New York, while Rep. Adam Schiff and a National Counter terrorism Center official said there were other terrorists involved in the bomb plot.
About 29 people were injured in the blasts that rock New York on Saturday. Meanwhile, US president Barack Obama has appealed to all US citizens not to be scared by the incident.
He added tough action will be taken by the US against those who perpetrate crimes on its soil.