Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

Rahimi, a naturalised U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, was shot several times but survived.

An unrepentant, homegrown Islamic terrorist was sentenced to multiple life terms behind bars Tuesday for setting off a time bomb that injured 31 people in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood as part of a planned wave of attacks across NY and New Jersey.

Berman sentenced Rahimi, 30, to two life terms and 30 years in prison after carrying out a September 2016 bombing inspired by the Islamic State and al-Qaida in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30 people. Hours later, in the Chelsea section of Manhattan at 23rd Street, another pressure-cooker bomb blew up inside of a Dumpster, blowing out windows of nearby buildings and projecting shrapnel hundreds of yards away.

He allegedly placed a small pipe bomb on the route of a charity running race in New Jersey, which exploded without injuring anyone, and then planted the two bombs in Chelsea.

Since his arrest, two other lone-wolf attackers have carried out bombings in NY.

Prosecutors wrote in court papers that Rahimi "is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology", according to CBS News.

"Less than a year-and-a-half after his attacks, Rahimi has now been tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison", Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, said in a statement.




He was convicted last October.

They included speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a United States air strike in September 2011.

Rahami also allowed some inmates to view materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he spread The Book of Jihad, bomb-making instructions and various issues of a propaganda magazine, the court heard.

While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Mr Donaldson wrote.

Among the spectators who packed the Manhattan federal courtroom for Rahimi's sentencing was a woman who walked in with a guide dog and sat in a row reserved for victims.

Judge Richard Berman looks on as Ahmed Rahimi stands during his sentencing, with his attorney Xavier Donaldson stands behind him.

Outside court, Ms Nelson said it brought her relief to confront him.

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