Ahmad Rahimi, accused in Manhattan bombing, disrupts court on 1st day of trial

Tuesday, 03 October 2017, 07:57:54 AM. A man accused of setting off a pipe bomb in New York City that left 30 people wounded went on trial Monday, but opening statements were made without him in the courtroom.
A man accused of setting off a pressure cooker bomb in New York City that left 30 people with injuries was a "soldier in a holy war" bent on carrying out a murderous plot with maximum carnage, federal prosecutors said Monday at the start of his trial. Ahmad Khan Rahimi researched online, bought ingredients and assembled bombs after watching how-to videos, they said. "He designed it, he built it ... he filled it with explosives and deadly shrapnel, and he planted it on the street," U.S. Assistant Attorney Shawn Crowley said. Rahimi planted a pipe bomb at a charity race in Seaside Park, N.J., that exploded but didn't injure anyone, they said. He went back home, then took a train into Manhattan and planted two pressure cooker bombs; one didn't go off, they said. The other, hidden near a large trash bin, burst at about 8:30 p.m., sending the 45-kilogram trash bin flying into the air. The blast shattered windows and sent bits of metal everywhere. CBC IN N.J. l Suspect 'way more religious' after Afghan trip The bomb knocked witness Helena Ayeh, an architect who was headed home, off her feet. She couldn't see or hear. She was bleeding heavily. Her knees were bruised. She opened her eyes and an emergency worker told her to shut them immediately. She asked if her eye was still even there. "And she hesitated, and she said yes," Ayeh testified Monday. She said she asked the woman why she hesitated. "And she said, 'Do you believe in God?' I said yes. She said, 'Pray."' Ayeh said she...Read more
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