A New Jersey man allegedly inspired by ISIS and al Qaeda to plant bombs in New York City and New Jersey was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday — after complaining that he was discriminated against for being Muslim.
“I don’t harbor hate toward anyone,” Ahmed Khan Rahimi said during a rambling statement in which he defended his father and blasted the FBI.
Rahimi was convicted in October of federal charges stemming from two of the explosive devices: one that detonated in a dumpster in the famed Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, sending passersby running for their lives, and another left in a suitcase blocks away that didn’t go off.
He’s also accused of planting a bomb near a race route in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, that detonated before the runners passed by and of leaving six bombs in backpack near the Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station. He is awaiting trial in Jerseey on those charges.
Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence.
“The sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets,” he wrote.
Rahimi — a father of three who had worked in his family’s fried-chicken restaurant — was not charged with terrorism, but his own father said he has no doubt that’s what fueled him.
The father, Mohammad Rahami, told NBC New York on Monday that he had contacted the FBI in 2014 to say he was worried his son might have been radicalized.
“After two months, they say, ‘Your son is not doing any act like a terrorist,'” said Rahami. “I said, ‘You sure he not doing anything?’ He say, ‘Yeah, is good news.'”
“My son, he did wrong, and the FBI did the wrong, too,” the father added. “The government is responsible for that reason. They have the power to stop the crime and they did not stop the crime.”
The FBI has said in the past that Rahami did not discuss his son’s interest in terrorist fiigures with agents.
Rahami says his son is remorseful.
“He said to me, ‘I’m sorry,'” said Rahami. “He told me, ‘Thank God I didn’t kill anybody, that’s good news for me.’ I said, ‘That’s good news for me, too, you didn’t kill anybody.'”
But federal prosecutors say that after his arrest, Rahimi passed on terrorist propaganda and instructions on how to make explosives to other inmates.
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