MANHATTAN — Chelsea bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahimi was indicted on federal terrorism charges Wednesday, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
Rahimi, 28, was indicted on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction in the Sept. 17 bombing at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue, which injured dozens of people.
“Two months ago, Ahmad Khan Rahimi allegedly planted bombs in the heart of Manhattan and in New Jersey,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “The bomb that exploded in Chelsea shattered windows hundreds of yards away and propelled a 100-pound dumpster over 120 feet, injuring over 30 people. Now indicted by a grand jury, Rahimi will face justice in a federal court for his alleged violent acts of terrorism.”
Rahimi planted a second bomb on 27th street, which failed to detonate after two tourists removed it from a suitcase before taking the luggage.
Police found Rahimi on Sept. 19 sleeping in a doorway in Linden, New Jersey.
The bombing suspect opened fire, injuring two officers, who returned fire, hitting Rahimi several times.
He was separately charged with attempted murder in the shooting and held on $5.2 million bail.
Rahimi is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment in Manhattan Federal Court Thursday afternoon.
He is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.