BREAKING: NYC Bombing Suspect in Shootout, in Custody


Amber Jamieson reports for the Guardian from Elizabeth, New Jersey, home town of the captured suspect in the New York and New Jersey bombings:

Elizabeth mayor Chris Bollwage said he was relieved to hear authorities had captured bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Chris Bollwage
Chris Bollwage speaks to the media. Photograph: Mel Evans/AP
“Now hopefully a lot more questions will be answered,” said the mayor outside the home of Rahami and his family, which the FBI raided on Monday morning but found empty.

The mayor said the family had owned and operated its business, First American Fried Chicken, and lived above the modest shop on Elmora Ave, New Jersey since 2002.

The mayor spoke about how the chicken store had faced complaints and problems in 2012, when the city council and police enforced that it close at 10pm. He acknowledged that Rahami’s Muslim faith was mentioned repeatedly by Rahami in complaints about city authorities.

“He brought up his faith in the lawsuit, he brought up his faith in conversations with city officials … [but the complaint] had nothing to do with ethnicity or religious beliefs, it had to do with a lot of people hanging out in front of the store at all hours as well as congregating and code enforcement problems,” said Bollwage.

Bollwage said New Jersey senators including Corey Booker were on their way to Elizabeth for a security briefing with law enforcement at 12.30pm.

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