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Days gripped by terror - and incredibly good luck

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>> Blast after blast rocking New York and New Jersey over the course of three days, but in each case, a combination of police work and pure luck meant no loss of life. It began Saturday morning in the beach town of Seaside Park, New Jersey. A pipe bomb blows up a garbage along the route of a charity race.
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The run, which had been scheduled to start at nine that morning was delayed because of late sign-ins so the route was still empty and no one was injured. 8:31 that night, a bomb erupts from beneath a dumpster in New York's bustling Chelsea neighborhood. The blast so powerful it sends the dumpster flying across the street and yet, no one is injured seriously.
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All 29 victims are quickly released from the hospital. 3 hours later, a second device is found four blocks away. Reportedly, a pressure cooker with wires and a mobile flip phone attached. But that device did not go off and is recovered by police without incident. Then Sunday night, around 9:30 PM in Elizabeth, New Jersey, two men going through a trash can near the city's train station, just happened to find a backpack containing five explosives and report it to the police.
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Soon after, around 12:30 am on Monday, the FBI send in a pair of robots to disarm one bomb and accidentally detonate it. Again, no injuries. Overnight police scouring surveillance video identified 28 year old Ahmad Khan Rahami near the bombs in Chelsea. Monday morning, 7:45 AM the NYPD issues a cellphone alert to millions of residents saying police are on the lookout for the suspect thought to be armed and dangerous.
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Just hours later, a fateful phone call to police. At 10:30 AM officers respond to a complaint about a vagrant sleeping near a closed bar in Linden, New Jersey.>> At that point the officer realized that this might be the suspect that was being sought, he then told the person show me your hands.
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And at that point the suspect went to a side, pulled out a hand gun and fired a round at an officer, striking him at the abdomen area, fortunately he also had a bullet proof vest on.>> And the good fortune doesn't end there. Rahami also allegedly shoots at another cop, the bullet just grazing his head.
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Police shoot back, Rahami is injured, but not critically, and is apprehended alive by police. In all, eight bombs, a manhunt, a police shootout, all in and around America's most populous city, and exactly no deaths.