The 28-year-old Muslim man wanted in connection with several blasts that terrorized New York and New Jersey over the last three days was taken into custody Monday after being shot.
Ahmad Rahami of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was identified as a suspect after a fingerprint was found on one of the devices that failed to detonate, a senior law enforcement official said.
They also found more information that pointed to Rahami on cell phones that were wired to the unexploded bombs, the official said.
“He certainly seemed to do virtually nothing to cover his tracks,” the official says.
But the official downplayed any talk of Rahimi being part of a “cell” and said at this point have no idea whether anyone else was involved.
Rahami is a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent born in Afghanistan, according to the FBI; law enforcement officials said they were investigating whether he could have been influenced by international militant groups or the ongoing conflict in his homeland.
No information is available about who he was working with, or if he was part of a larger cell.