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Ahmad Khan Rahami: Islamist Chelsea bomb suspect is ‘mad’

by | 20th, September 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami has been charged in New Jersey with the attempted murder of two policeman. Ahmad Khan Rahami also allegedly tried to murder scores of people in New York in a bomb attack that left wounded 29 people. Terrorism is a crime in New York.

Following that blast, the authorities received a call telling them “There will be more”. The FBI has arrested five more people in connection with that Chelsea bomb.

The Press get to work. The Telegraph leads with news that Ahmad Khan Rahami has Islamist links. The paper says he “may” have been radicalised after making a trip to his native Afghanistan and Pakistan. Which means he “may” not have been radicalised there. He “may” have been radicalised in his bedroom.

The Times leads with news Rahami is the “Afghan gunman”. Not quite. He became a naturalised US citizen in 2011.

The paper of record adds that Rahami’s nickname was “Mad”. Because he’s insane? No. Because Mad is a short version of Ahmad. Ah!


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We hear from ‘Flee Jones’, who grew up with Rahami – and who might really be called Flee. He says Rahami was changed after a trip to Afghanistan. He had a beard, dressed in traditional Muslim robes and was “praying regularly in the back of the family’s chicken restaurant”, American Fried Chicken.

The Gaurdian says he was just your everyday normal guy. “Regulars at First American Fried Chicken in Elizabeth, New Jersey say Ahmad Khan Rahami was a friendly person who did not express extremist beliefs.” Vocally, no. But he may have expressed them by bomb?

CNN has more. Rahami might be a bit thick: “According to multiple officials, investigators also believe Rahami is the man seen on surveillance video dragging a duffel bag near the site of the New York explosion, and the location where police eventually found a suspicious pressure cooker four blocks away.”

Bearded man dragging duffel bag close to sign of suspected terrorist explosion… Mad? Or just dangerously stupid?

We’re told he “majored in criminal justice at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, school spokesman Tom Peterson said. Rahami attended the college from 2010-2012 but did not graduate.”

He can soon test out what he did learn first hand.



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