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New York Muslim bomb plotter bought bomb materials on eBay

FBI looking for two men wanted over unexploded New York device

The FBI are seeking to trace two men who allegedly removed an unexploded device from a suitcase in New York on Saturday.

Here are the other key developments:

  • The main suspect in the New York and New Jersey bombing plots, Ahmad Khan Rahami, has been charged with five counts of attempted murder and with planting bombs
  • The 28-year-old’s father reportedly told police two years ago that his son was a terrorist
  • Federal prosecutors say Rahami bought bomb materials on eBay and kept a journal expressing outrage at US ‘slaughter’ of mujahideen.
  • At least 31 people were injured, including a British national, in an explosion in New York’s Manhattan district shortly before 9pm on Saturday
  • A second, undetonated device was found at 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues and was ‘safely removed’
  • A suspicious package containing up to five pipe bombs found near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, has now been linked to initial blast

ITV, 21 September 2016 at 3:33am

Rahami bought bomb materials on eBay, prosecutors allege

Ahmad Khan Rahami
Ahmad Khan Rahami Credit: Reuters

Ahmad Khan Rahami bought bomb making equipment on eBay, made a video of himself testing out homemade explosives, and kept a journal expressing outrage at the US “slaughter” of mujahideen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Palestine, federal prosecutors allege.

The charging documents and accompanying sworn statements from the FBI were unsealed in a Manhattan federal court and shed new light on Rahami’s motives.

His journal apparently expressed the wish to die a martyr, the criminal complaint revealed.

One passage of his journal is said to have read: “Inshallah (God willing), the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death to your oppression.”

Other parts of the 28-year-old’s journal allegedly praise “Brother” Osama bin Laden; Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric and leading al Qaeda propagandist who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011; and Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who shot dead 13 people and wounded 32 at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

An eBay account linked to Rahami bought chemicals, circuit boards and ball bearings that matched the explosives and remnants collected at the crime scenes, the documents said.

Video found on a family member’s mobile phone dated two days before the bombings showed Rahami lighting a fuse and igniting incendiary material packed in a partially buried cylinder.

Last updated Wed 21 Sep 2016



6 thoughts on “New York Muslim bomb plotter bought bomb materials on eBay

  1. Of course you can buy chemicals, circuit boards and ball bearings on Ebay. I am glad we can purchase all these items, personally, but it doesn’t mean I am going to make an explosive device with them. As a matter of fact you can buy this material almost anywhere. I imagine he just bought it on Ebay for convenience.


    • Just like how Sudafed used to be easily bought anywhere, now you have to sign your name to get it. Hopefully that doesn’t happen to literally everything you can buy.


      • Orwell wrote that when he was a kid, a revolver could be purchased in any English hardware store. This ended with the rising of the Irish.


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