NY bomber, Ahmad Rahimi, sentenced to life in prison

New Jersey man sentenced to life in prison for planting bombs including one that injured more than 30 people

A year earlier, in September 2016, Rahimi transported two improvised pressure-cooker bombs - similar to those used in the Boston marathon bombing in April 2013 - from New Jersey to NY, placing both in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, authorities said.

Rahimi was awaiting sentencing last month in the Metropolitan Correctional Center when prosecutors claimed to have found evidence that he was trying to radicalize a fellow inmate with al-Qaida propaganda smuggled into the prison.

The first explosion, on September 17, occurred along the route of a charity 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

Rahimi, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with New Jersey police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, center, is led into court in Elizabeth, N.J. on December 20.

"I don't harbor hate for anyone", Rahimi said before describing how he believed law enforcement targeted him once he became a practicing Muslim.

Rahimi wasn't charged with terrorism, but his father, Mohammad Rahimi, said he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to warn that his son may have been radicalized and the agency informed him his son wasn't engaged in terrorist behavior.

He placed a second bomb on West 27th Street, but a passerby on edge from the blast four blocks away noticed it and called police, and the bomb squad took the device away without incident.

"My father failed like the system failed him", Rahimi said.

The day after the Chelsea bombing, two men walking by the N.J. Transit station in Elizabeth found a knapsack containing more pipe bombs built by Rahimi. "You sit down and laugh", Nelson, 48, said. Rahimi was convicted by a jury in October of setting off weapons of mass destruction.

She described Rahimi's efforts to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in NY where he has been imprisoned since his arrest.

Rahimi and two police officers were wounded in the shootout.

Late a year ago, Rahimi began trying to radicalize prisoners at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, prosecutors say.

In the trial, Ahmad Rahimi criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which said that the father had not sufficiently informed them of Rahimi's interest in terrorist organizations.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill noted in a statement that Rahimi's sentencing should deter future acts of terror.

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