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Elizabeth Man Sought in New York Bombing

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ELIZABETH, NJ – FBI and ATF officers are seeking a 28-year-old Elizabeth resident, Ahmad Khan Rahami, in connection with the pipe bombing in New York. (He has not been linked to the pipe bombs discovered in Seaside Park and Elizabeth.) Police and FBI agents searched the address of a home on Elmora Avenue in Elizabeth that is linked to a person with a similar name. 

Five pipe bombs were discovered in a backpack near the main Elizabeth train station on Broad Street by two men at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. When they discovered there were wires attached, they reported it to police, officials said. Elizabeth Police, Union County Bomb Squad, NJ Transit Police, Union County Police, State Police and the FBI were called in to investigate. At approximately 12:30 p.m., a robot set off one of the pipe bombs. No one was hurt.

Rahami is a naturalized U.S. citizen, described as 5 feet 6 inches and 200 lbs. Officials say that he is of Afghan descent and could be armed and dangerous.

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Northeast Corridor and New Jersey Coastline train service continues to be suspended in Elizabeth, according to officials. 

"For folks coming to work today in the county, all security procedures have been enhanced, please be patient," Union County Sheriff Joe Cryan has advised.

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