Prosecutors say Ahmad Khan Rahami has not shown remorse and tried to radicalize fellow prisoners while in jail
Tue 13 Feb 2018 15.51EST Last modified on Tue 13 Feb 2018 15.56EST
A man who set off bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block and injured 30, was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his homemade bombs exploded in Manhattans Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016. A second bomb planted nearby did not detonate.
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That blast happened just hours after a small pipe bomb exploded along a Marine Corps road race in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, frightening participants but injuring no one.
The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. Rahami was shot several times but survived.
Federal prosecutors said in court papers that Rahami has not shown remorse and had tried to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in New York where he has been imprisoned since his arrest.
He is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology, they wrote. Rahami, given a chance to speak at his sentencing, said: I dont harbor hate for anyone.
He was convicted last October.
Rahami, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by the founder of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a US airstrike in September 2011.
Rahami also allowed some inmates to view materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he spread The Book of Jihad, bomb-making instructions and various issues of a propaganda magazine, the court heard.
Defense attorney Xavier Donaldson said that Rahami had once aspired to be a police officer and worked as a security guard after studying criminal justice at a community college.
It was Mr Rahamis belief that he could help people while employed in a position that would guarantee him some type of pension, Donaldson wrote.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/13/ahmad-khan-rahami-jail-chelsea-bombings-new-york-life-sentences