Ahmad Khan Rahami.
(Image credit: FBI via AP)

After Saturday bombings in New York City and New Jersey, authorities have launched a manhunt for Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen. A "wanted" poster released by the FBI early Monday morning revealed that Rahami was born in Afghanistan on Jan. 23, 1988 and describes him as having "brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair." He is estimated to stand 5-feet-6-inches tall and weigh approximately 200 pounds. His last known address was reported to be in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where a police robot inadvertently detonated an explosive device found in a backpack early Monday.

Per The New York Times, Rahami worked at his father's restaurant, American Fried Chicken, in Elizabeth. A "frequent patron" of the restaurant told The Times that Rahami "wore Western clothing, hung out on the sidewalk with friends, and often slipped his regular customers free food." The customer also noted Rahami was obsessed with fast cars, specifically Honda Civics "custom built to race."

A bomb went off Saturday in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 29 people, while a second device nearby did not detonate. Rahami was reportedly identified on surveillance footage taken near the locations of both bombs just before the explosions. Rahami is also wanted in connection with a bombing that occurred earlier Saturday in New Jersey's Seaside Park, where an explosive went off near the course of a charity race, though none were reported injured.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up

"He's a guy you would never expect," the restaurant patron told The New York Times. "This is sad, terrifying, scary."

To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us