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FBI Searches for 2 Men Who Removed Bomb from Luggage on NYC Sidewalk

The FBI is searching for these two men.

The FBI is searching for these two men.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for two men who were spotted removing an improvised explosive device from luggage on a sidewalk in New York City over the weekend.

Surveillance video shows the men taking the luggage but leaving the bomb behind.

The device was near another bomb that detonated on West 23rd Street in Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring more than 25 people. The men were captured on surveillance between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., the same period when the other bomb exploded.

In a statement, the bureau said, “The FBI is interested in speaking to these individuals and recovering the luggage.”

Police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, in connection with the bomb that had detonated. It’s unclear whether the other men in the video are connected to Rahami.

FBI Official on Terrorism: ‘We Will Not Be Able to Stop Everything’

terrorism-911By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter how vigilant the United States is, some extremism will “unfortunately get through” counterterrorism efforts, a senior FBI official warned Wednesday.

“We will try and do as much as we can, but we will not be able to stop everything,” FBI Executive Assistant Director Mike Steinbach said, according to ABC News. 

Steinbach was defending the FBI’s handling of an investigation two years ago of the prime suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey.

New York Police officials also defended the FBI.

“It was handled to the extent that the law, the system and the guidelines that we operate under would allow,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller told a House panel.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old man suspect in the bombings of placing bombs over the weekend, was the subject of an FBI investigation more than two years ago.

Bombing Suspect Was Investigated by FBI in 2014 After Father Expressed Concerns

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old man accused of placing bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was the subject of an FBI investigation more than two years ago.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI received a tip from Rahami’s father, who expressed concerns about his son, prompting an investigation that included interviews and a review of internal databases.

At the time, the FBI concluded no evidence of “ties to terrorism.”

Rahami’s father spoke to reporters recently and said his son was violent toward family members “for no reason.”

FBI agents “found nothing” during the investigation, according to an official who spoke to the Post.

FBI Takes Over Investigation of Minnesota Mall Stabbing

Dahir Adan, via Facebook

Dahir Adan, via Facebook

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken over the investigation of the Minnesota mall stabbing attacks over the weekend.

St. Cloud police will assist the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force after Dahir Adan stabbed at least 10 people before being shot by former Albany Police Chief Jason Falconer, the St. Cloud Times reports.

So far, investigators have found no connection between Adan and terrorist groups.

The FBI said Sunday the stabbings were a “potential act of terrorism.”

“One of the things we’re looking at with respect to these attacks is what motivated this young man to do what he did,” FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said. “And that obviously takes some time. It takes an extraordinary amount of legwork. And it’s something that our JTTF is well suited to do.”

Witnesses said Adan, 20, made references to Allah during the attack and even asked some victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Demonizing American Muslims Accomplishes Nothing

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Editorial Board
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The bombs planted in New York and New Jersey on Sunday appear to have been the work of a radicalized Muslim man whose behavior and international travel followed familiar patterns.

Some prominent American political figures suggest that the way to deal with people like Ahmad Khan Rahami is to seal up our borders, isolate and profile members of domestic Muslim communities, and impose bans on all people traveling from nations where radicalized Muslims have operated previously.

Such responses appeal to the worst xenophobic tendencies among us, but they won’t solve the terrorism problem. In fact, they are certain to make it worse.

U.S. law enforcers at all levels depend on the cooperation of Muslim communities for intelligence about individuals who pose security threats. Police and FBI investigators cannot be everywhere. The people most attuned to what’s happening in their neighborhoods are the ones who worship at mosques, attend school and interact daily with potentially radicalized individuals.

Many serve as informants, and they do so in secret specifically because their lives could be in jeopardy if their status became known to the individuals under surveillance. Because it’s happening in secret, non-Muslim Americans have little appreciation for the reality.

Hate crimes against Muslims in America have reached their highest levels since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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FBI: ‘No Indication’ of Terror Cell in New York, New Jersey Bombings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Kham Rahami, the 28-year-old arrested in connection with the weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey, does not appear to belong to a terror cell, authorities said.

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Law Enforcement officials said Rahami appeared to be working alone and was not part of a lager network, the Washington Post reports. 

Rahami was arrested Monday after a shootout with police.

Rahami was born in Afghanistan but is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

The 28-year-old was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of second-degree counts for possessing a handgun.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said the bombs were “an act of terror,” said no one else was being sought at this time.

William Sweeney Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York division, said authorities have found “no indication that there is a [terror] cell operating in the area.”

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Stabbing Attack That Injured 9 at Minnesota Mall

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a stabbing attack inside a Minnesota mall that injured nine people.

The stabbings, none of which was fatal, was carried out by a “soldier of the Islamic State,” an ISIS-linked news agency claimed.

The suspect was killed by a part-time police officer in Avon, Minnesota, Newsday reports.

“He clearly prevented additional injuries and potential loss of life,” Kleis said Sunday afternoon. “His heroic actions are exemplary.”

Police said the suspect referenced Allah at least once during the attack.

The ISIS-linked Amaq News Agency said the suspect “carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition.”

What’s unclear is whether the suspect had direct communications with ISIS.

The victims ranged in ages from 15 to 53, and none appeared to sustain life-threatening injuries.

Authorities have not identified the attacker.

Authorities See Possible Link Between Bombs in New Jersey, New York

Screenshot of surveillance video showing the bomb blast in Chelsea.

Screenshot of surveillance video showing the bomb blast in Chelsea.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are on the hunt for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is believed to be responsible for the Chelsea bombing over the weekend.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said Monday that he “wouldn’t be surprised if we found a foreign connection to the act” after finding similarities between the bombs in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, CNN reports. 

Law enforcement official said the bombs may have been part of a possible terror cell in both states.

Two bombs were found in New York City and multiple ones in New Jersey.

Both pressure cook bombs in New York appeared to be filled with BBs and ball bearings. Flip top phones were used in both New York and New Jersey, but the bombs in those two places were made from different explosives.

On Sunday night, authorities found multiple bombs in a backpack near an Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station.