30 people were injured when a radical Islamic terrorist set off pressure-cooker bombs in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi has now been sentenced to multiple life sentences in prison.
From BizPac Review:
The convicted terrorist who planted pressure-cooker bombs in New York in 2016 was just sentenced to multiple life terms in prison.
At his sentencing Tuesday, federal prosecutors accused Ahmad Khan Rahimi of showing no remorse after planting two pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets in September 2016, one of which injured 30 people with shrapnel when it detonated, Fox News reported.
The 29-year-old was convicted in October 2017 for the New York City blast which had occurred hours after another explosion in Seaside Heights, N.J. when a small pipe bomb detonated during a Marine Corps 5K run. No one was injured in that blast, but Rahimi was shot several times by police after a two-day manhunt following the bombings.
“He is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology,” federal prosecutors wrote, according to Fox News.
Rahimi, inspired by ISIS and Al Qaeda in 2012, claimed he doesn’t “harbor hate for anyone,” when he was asked to speak at his sentencing on Tuesday.
Fox News has more:
According to prosecutors, he shared propaganda materials, speeches by terrorist leaders such as Usama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki and bomb-making instructions. One inmate who was said to have viewed the materials was facing charges of providing material support and resources to ISIS.
Sajmir Alimehmeti, who is accused of trying to recruit for ISIS, was moved last month away from Rahimi after he was caught with a thumb drive of materials that included bomb-making instructions and copies of an Al Qaeda magazine, according to the New York Post.
“As the evidence at trial demonstrated, the defendant was committed to waging his holy war against Americans years before he carried out his attack,” prosecutors said of Rahimi. “Even today, he appears to remain steadfast in that commitment and has shown no remorse. The defendant’s communications while incarcerated further demonstrate that, far from appreciating the depravity of his actions, he is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology.”
On Monday, Rahimi’s father called him a “terrorist” in an interview with WNBC, but claimed he contacted the FBI in 2014 with concerns that his son could be a terrorist.
“After two months, they say, ‘Your son is not doing any act like a terrorist,'” Mohammad Rahami told the television station. “I said, ‘You sure he not doing anything?’ He say, ‘Yeah, is good news.'”
An FBI official told The Associated Press in a previous interview that Rahami “at no time” discussed his son’s radicalization or potential interest in Al Qaeda or the Taliban in interviews with agents.
Enjoy your time behind bars, radical.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]