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Reports: Suspect in New York bombing is taken into custody

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Update: 10:30 a.m.

Authorities have arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old wanted for questioning in connection with the bombing in New York City on Saturday.

Media began reporting just before 10:30 a.m. that Rahami – a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent – had been apprehended in New Jersey and is in custody.

Authorities told CNN that Rahami was caught in Linden, New Jersey, following a shootout in which a police officer was injured.

Images of Rahami being taken into custody from Good Morning America also suggest he sustained an injury.

An image of a man, purported to be Rahami, lying on the ground surrounded by police was posted by news organization PZF.

https://twitter.com/pzf/status/777890123195224064

Rahami is also wanted for questioning in connection with a pipe bomb that exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, before a 5k charity run on Saturday, New Jersey State Police announced Monday.

Nobody was injured in the blast, but the race was canceled.

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Authorities in New York City have identified a suspect in connection with a bombing in Manhattan on Saturday.

A picture of Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was circulated Monday morning by the NYPD and FBI, who are investigating the explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood at 8:30 p.m. The blast injured 29 people.

Rahami is a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, and is described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds.

His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The explosions in New York happened around the same time a man carried out a stabbing attack at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud, injuring nine people before being shot dead by an off-duty cop.

Police in St. Cloud said on Sunday that there's no evidence at this stage that the attack is linked to what happened in New York.

The Washington Post reports that nobody was seriously injured in the blast, which was caused by the detonation of an improvised explosive device.

The New York Post reports that early on Monday, the FBI launched a raid in Rahami's hometown of Elizabeth, hours after discovering five suspicious devices in the region – one of which blew up near a train station.

Although he initially said that there is no evidence linking the explosions to international terrorism, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has since admitted that may now be the case, telling CBS News: "I suspect there may be a foreign connection. That’s what we are hearing today, as the investigation goes on."

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