NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on explosive devices being found in New York and New Jersey (all times local):
The FBI has released an image of two men who took a suitcase holding a bomb that didn’t explode in New York City.
Federal prosecutors have charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with setting a bomb in New Jersey and two in New York City. One of the bombs left in Manhattan didn’t explode.
The FBI issued a poster Wednesday showing “two unidentified individuals” who investigators want to talk to. The agency says the men were seen Saturday night removing the bomb from a piece of luggage, then leaving the device behind while taking the suitcase.
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Investigators have said the two men are being sought as witnesses, not suspects.
The FBI released an image of the two men that it says was captured on closed circuit television recordings between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on West 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
A New York Police Department deputy commissioner says federal investigators are likely reviewing their previous contacts with a 28-year-old man arrested in connection with a pair of bombings in New Jersey and New York. But he says it does not appear that anything was missed.
John Miller is the deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism and is testifying in front of the House Homeland Security Committee.
He says Ahmad Khan Rahami “seems like many suspects who come into contact with the system at various times” and was handled “to the extent … that law would allow.”
Miller says a single report that does not generate more information about a potential threat or crime would not allow authorities to follow or investigate a person or their associates indefinitely.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Justice Department intends in the “near future” to bring Ahmad Khan Rahami to New York to face charges in a Saturday night bombing there.
Lynch spoke Wednesday at an International Bar Association conference.
Federal prosecutors in New York and New Jersey issued criminal complaints Tuesday evening charging Rahami in weekend bombings in both those states.
Lynch says she has full confidence in prosecutors’ ability to bring Rahami “to justice for his heinous actions.” She says the charges reflect the Justice Department’s “unwavering determination to finding, capturing and prosecuting all those who attempt to commit or commit acts of terror against our nation.”
Rahami is being treated in a hospital after being injured in a shootout Monday with police in New Jersey.
A judge has granted temporary sole custody to the mother of a child whose father has been charged with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey.
A New Jersey judge on Tuesday granted the woman’s request, which cited the terror investigation against Ahmad Khan Rahami.
Rahami often was hundreds of dollars in arrears in child support and their custody case was called before a family court judge six times in five years.
A judge approved a visitation agreement between the two in May 2014, ordering that the child spend Christmas and Thanksgiving with the mother and the Muslim holy days Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha with Rahami.
A federal defender is complaining that bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has not had access to a lawyer since he was arrested in New Jersey on Monday.
David E. Patton said in a letter to a federal judge Tuesday night that Rahami has been held and questioned by federal law enforcement agents since his arrest.
Federal terrorism charges were filed against Rahami on Tuesday night.
Authorities say Rahami planted bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend.
Rahami was wounded in a shootout with police and is in a hospital in New Jersey.
Patton says his office is available to meet with Rahami in New Jersey and represent him at a telephone or videoconference appearance.
Federal prosecutors say bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami bought components online and recorded a video of himself igniting a blast in a backyard. They say he vowed in a handwritten jihad journal that “the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets.”
Court complaints filed Tuesday give a chilling glimpse into what authorities say motivated the Afghan-born U.S. citizen to set off explosives last weekend in New York and New Jersey. One bomb injured 31 people in Manhattan.
The blasts came two years after the FBI looked into him but found nothing tying him to terrorism.
Rahami remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds from a shootout with police that led to his capture Monday outside a bar in Linden, New Jersey.
It’s not immediately clear whether Rahami has a lawyer who can comment on the charges.
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