Wealth of clues led to quick arrest of suspected bomber

Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park. (Moshe Weiss via AP)
Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park. (Moshe Weiss via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The man suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey may have aimed to inflict carnage incognito, but he didn’t succeed for long in concealing his identity.

Three law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press Ahmad Khan Rahami provided investigators with a wealth of clues that led to his arrest 50 hours after the first blast.

Among them: his fingerprints and DNA evidence at the scene of the Manhattan bombing, his uncovered face clearly captured by surveillance cameras and other evidence.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing case.

Rahami was arrested Monday following a shootout with police. The 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan was being held on $5.2 million bail.

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