Federal charges filed against Chelsea, NJ bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami

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NEW YORK — Federal charges have been filed against suspected Chelsea bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Rahami, 28, was charged Tuesday with use of weapons of mass destruction; bombing; destruction of property and use of a destructive device.

The charges were filed by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Rahami has also been charged in New Jersey for the bombs at Seaside Park, N.J. and at a train station in Elizabeth, N.J.

A criminal complaint was unsealed Tuesday in Newark, New Jersey, shortly after a virtually identical filing was unsealed in New York.

Rahami was captured Monday morning following a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. He was wanted in connection with explosions in Seaside Park, New Jersey and Chelsea in New York City. The explosion in Chelsea left 29 people injured.

Investigators announced Sunday that they linked Rahami to the explosives through a fingerprint.  A cell phone attached to a pressure cooker found on 26th Street in Chelsea also provided clues.

Law enforcement sources say Rahami traveled multiple times to Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent years. They are looking into whether he was radicalized overseas.

An FBI official tells PIX11 the suspect's father contacted them a few years ago saying his son was involved in terrorist activities.

When investigators questioned the father, he recanted and said his son was watching gang videos and is "just a thug."

Law enforcement officials say Rahami was arrested in 2014 for allegedly stabbing his brother in the leg. He was never convicted.

As Rahami recovers in a hospital bed from several gun shot wounds he received during a shootout with Linden Police, investigators continue to search his home.

Investigators say more explosive materials were recovered in the Elizabeth home he shared with his family. There was also a notebook found on Rahami at the time of his capture with references to the Boston Marathon bombers and Anwar al-Awlaki, an as-Qaida spokesman killed in 2011.

Officials tell PIX11 the suspect and his family are currently not cooperating and not answering any questions. Rahami's wife, however, who left the country days ago for her native Pakistan, is now being questioned at the U.S. embassy in Dubai.

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage told PIX11 following Monday's capture of alleged bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, he has been left in the dark.

On Tuesday, the Council for American Islamic Relations held a press conference saying they condemn these attacks. Officials say while they never knew Rahami, his father attended the Muslim Community Center, one of the town's local mosques.

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