Manhattan Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2016 Blast Injuring 30

New York bomber sentenced to life in prison

Rahami, given a chance to speak at his sentencing, said: "I don't harbor hate for anyone".

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who was convicted of detonating a bomb in New York City that injured 30 people, was sentenced Tuesday to two life terms in prison.

Rahimi, a fast food worker turned homegrown extremist, brought two pressure cooker bombs from New Jersey to Manhattan on September 17 2016, planting them on W. 23 and W. 27th St., officials said.

Rahimi was arrested two days after the attacks following a shootout with police which left him in hospital for weeks.

Rahimi, a naturalised United States citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, was shot several times but survived. He went on to place a homemade bomb - packed into a pressure cooker and wired to a flip-phone detonator - on a stretch of the Chelsea neighborhood's West 23rd Street, busy with pedestrians on a warm Saturday night.

He placed a second bomb on West 27th Street, but a passerby on edge from the blast four blocks away noticed it and called police, and the bomb squad took the device away without incident. Like the bombs found the next day at a train station in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, however, this device was discovered before detonation.




In court, Rahimi echoed his father's remarks, seeming to blame the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not stopping him sooner.

Rahimi was awaiting sentencing last month in the Metropolitan Correctional Center when prosecutors claimed to have found evidence that he was trying to radicalize a fellow inmate with al-Qaida propaganda smuggled into the prison.

Rahimi was also ordered to pay $562,803 in restitution to the victims of his crimes, the statement added.

He said he considered Rahimi to be a danger to the community, citing the "hostile and threatening " nature of the bombings and the influence of "virulent anti-U.S." terrorist propaganda.

"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees. It is not. Today's sentencing - of life in prison - should be the strongest deterrent to future acts of terror". "He failed", said Commissioner O'Neill. He was convicted of eight criminal charges in October 2017, including bombing a public place and using a weapon of mass destruction.

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