Authorities reveal New York bombing suspect traveled to Afghanistan numerous times but was not “on the radar”

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ELIZABETH, N.J. – It didn’t take a super hero to nab New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, but authorities want to know what might have turned the 28-year-old into an arch villain?

Rahami was born in Afghanistan but became a naturalized American citizen in 2011, according to the FBI.

Authorities indicate Rahami traveled to Afghanistan multiple times in past years– even marrying a Pakistani woman during a trip in 2011, but they claim he was not on the radar as someone who might have become ‘radicalized.’

Rahami majored in criminal justice at a small college in Edison, New Jersey, but never graduated.

Officials say his last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where Rahami’s family lives above their ‘First American Fried Chicken’ restaurant.

“I come in here about once every week or two just to get something to eat,” regular customer Ryan McCann said. “He’s always in there….he’s a very friendly guy, That is what is so scary.”

The family has a history of clashes with the city, including alleging discrimination against Muslims– according to Mayor Chris Bollwage. “….Which has led to some lawsuits in the City of Elizabeth,” the mayor explained. “They’ve been suing the City of Elizabeth and the administration.”

A woman believed to be Rahami’s sister made a Facebook post saying, “I would like people to respect my family’s privacy and let us have our peace after this tragic time.”

The big question for investigators now is whether Rahami may have acted alone or had help?

So far, authorities say Rahami is not being very cooperative. But they hope to get some answers…..and fast!


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