Father of bomb suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami: I called FBI twice

The father of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected in planting bombs in New York and New Jersey, told reporters outside his fried chicken restaurant this morning that he called the FBI twice about his son.

Mohammad Rahami at first came to a side gate outside the First American Fried Chicken restaurant around 10 a.m. and said to reporters, “I called them twice,” while holding up two fingers and pointing at authorities, as FBI agents continued to investigate his business and home. He then went back inside the building.

Mohammad Rahami appeared again, moments later, as he was led out of the building by authorities and entered a parked black SUV.

When swarming reporters asking if it was the FBI who he called, Mohammad Rahami responded, “Yes.” He states he called the FBI twice.

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Ahmad Khan Rahami criticized the U.S. military, American culture and homosexuals as he grew increasingly standoffish.

Mohammad Rahami then shut the car door and drove off. No one else appeared to be in the SUV.

The New York Times says two law enforcement officials confirmed Mohammad Rahami told police his son was a terrorist two years ago, initiating a review by federal agents.

“Officers opened what is known as an assessment, the most basic of F.B.I. investigations, and interviewed the father, who then recanted,” the Times report says. “An official, when asked about the inquiry, said the father made the comment out of anger at his son.”

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan who was living in Elizabeth, was captured in Linden after a shoot-out with police. He has been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Other charges are pending.

His arrest came following a fast-moving manhunt across the region as local, state and federal law enforcement officers searched for Rahami. He is suspected of planting a pipe-bomb style device that detonated near a military charity run in Seaside Park and is linked to pressure-cooker bombs in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday. At least 29 people were hurt in the New York City explosion.

Mohammad Rahami yesterday told NBC reporter Kerry Sanders that he had “no idea” his son was allegedly planting bombs.

A call to the Newark FBI office for comment on Mohammad Rahami’s claim was not immediately returned.

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Eric Write head editor and chief at The Pluto Daily