Given Life in Prison, Chelsea Bomber Complains of Muslim Harassment

Given Life in Prison, Chelsea Bomber Complains of Muslim Harassment

Given Life in Prison, Chelsea Bomber Complains of Muslim Harassment

Rahimi, 30, did not express remorse for his crime, the BBC reported, but told the court he did not "harbor hate for anyone".

A New Jersey man who planted two bombs in the Chelsea section of Manhattan in September 2016 has been sentenced to life in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY announced on Tuesday. The bomb left along the Seaside Park boardwalk was a pipe bomb stuffed in a trash can; the NY bombs were "pressure cooker" style devices.

Ahmad Rahimi, an Afghan-born US citizen convicted of planting bombs in NY and New Jersey. 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.

Police arrested Rahimi on September 19, 2016, after a shootout outside the Linden, New Jersey, doorway where Rahimi had been sleeping.

The second bomb, in the vicinity of 131 West 27th Street, was identified by a civilian soon after the first bomb detonated, the complaint said. Like the bombs found the next day at a train station in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, however, this device was discovered before detonation.

Judge Berman said Tuesday that Rahimi's defense provided "not an ounce of justification".

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"I've learned to understand why there's such frustration between the Muslim community overseas and the American people", Rahimi said, attributing this understanding to "life experience".

While speaking in court Rahimi placed blame on the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not acting on his father's warning.

In recent court papers, prosecutors painted Rahimi as a remorseless terrorist who was basking in his newfound infamy. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $562,803 in restitution.

"With the sentencing of Ahmad Khan Rahimi to multiple terms of life in prison, justice has been served", Cuomo said in a statement. "He failed", said New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill.

He was convicted in October on all eight counts brought against him, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place.

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