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>> Federal charges leveled against the New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Tuesday. Ahmad Khan Rahami, accused of ten criminal counts, including the use of weapons of mass destruction and bombing a public place. Prosecutors portraying the 28-year-old as a jihadist who begged for martyrdom and praised Osama Bin Laden.
As Reuters' National Security Correspondent, Mark Hosenball reports, he was on the FBI's radar two years ago.>> About two years ago, in August of 2014, Rahami's father did, in fact, call the FBI in and said something to the effect that I'm very worried my son is hanging out with persons he described as militants or terrorists.
And then two weeks later, literally two weeks later, as the story was explained to me, the father called the FBI back and said sorry I didn't really mean that. He was hanging out at clubs with criminals. And so the FBI looked at these allegations and concluded this guy was not a terrorist.
There's no substance to this. They conducted a preliminary, I think they called it an assessment, and then they shut the case.>> Early this week, FBI agents scoured Rahami's residence in Elizabeth, New Jersey, above a fried chicken restaurant operated by his family. He was apprehended Monday morning in nearby Lyndon, where he was found sleeping against the door of a bar.
Police say he was carrying a journal at the time in which he'd written, inshallah, God willing, the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets. Gunshots to your police. Death to your oppression. The Afghan-born naturalized American's foreign trips now under scrutiny. He reportedly traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan several times.
US security sources confirming Rahami underwent extra screening after returning to the US, he was cleared every time. New Jersey State prosecutors have also charged Rahami with five counts of attempted murder, related to a shootout with police just before his arrest.