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Bombing suspect Rahami charged with attempted murder of Linden police officers

LINDEN, N.J. — Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man accused of planting several bombs in New York and New Jersey, has been charged with attempted murder of law enforcement officials.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement official. (Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement official. (Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Rahami, 28, was discovered by a Linden Police officer Monday morning around 10:30 a.m., outside of a bar on East Elizabeth Avenue.

Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said Rahami pulled out a handgun and allegedly shot Linden Officer Angel Padilla in the torso.

Additional officers responding to the scene exchanged fire with Rahami, who was shot multiple times.

A bullet struck an officer in the vest and another went through the windshield of a police cruiser, grazing a second officer, who was called to the scene as back-up, in the forehead, Linden Police Department Captain James Sarnicki said. Neither officers' wounds are considered life-threatening.

Police recovered a handgun from the scene.

Rahami was taken to an area hospital and has since undergone surgery.

He was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

State Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield set bail for Rahami at $5.2 million.

Rahami was identified Monday morning as a person wanted for questioning in connection with a bombing on a bustling Chelsea street that injured 29 people.

The Chelsea explosion was linked to incidents in New Jersey's Seaside Park and Elizabeth communities.

A fourth crime scene was established at 27th Street in Chelsea where police found a cell phone attached to a pressure cooker. The device was safely removed and detonated.

Union County officials say the explosion investigation is being handled by the FBI..