NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting a series of bombs in New York and New Jersey, including one that injured 31 people when it blew up on a busy street.
The criminal complaint was unsealed Tuesday at a federal court in Manhattan.
Rahami was captured Monday after being wounded in a gunfight with police in Linden, New Jersey.
He remains hospitalized. Rahami is already facing state charges in connection with the shootout.
Investigators say Rahami planted two bombs in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night. One didn’t go off.
Another bomb exploded harmlessly in a New Jersey seaside town earlier the same day.
The complaint also accuses him of leaving another set of explosives in a trash bin by a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Two U.S. officials say a notebook with extremist ramblings was found when Rahami was taken into custody.
The Associated Press viewed a blood-stained page of the notebook. It contained a reference to Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric killed in a 2011 drone strike, and Nidal Hasan, the former U.S. Army major who went on a 2009 rampage at the Fort Hood military installation.
The page includes the phrase “Join us in our New front.”
The officials also said that Rahami had traveled to Pakistan in recent years. One said he arrived from Afghanistan with his family as a young child.
The officials were not authorized to publicly reveal details of the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, a law enforcement official says Rahami’s father had contacted the FBI following a 2014 stabbing to express concerns that his son was a terrorist.
The official says the FBI looked into the matter, but that Mohammad Rahami later retracted his comment and said he meant that his son was hanging out with the wrong crowd, including gangs.
Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested for stabbing a person in the leg and possession of a firearm in 2014. But a grand jury declined to indict him, despite a warning from the arresting officer that Rahami was likely “a danger to himself or others.”
The official who spoke to AP insisted on anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
Mohammad Rahami told reporters outside his chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Tuesday morning that he called law enforcement twice. He didn’t elaborate.