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The Explosions in New York and New Jersey: What We Know So Far

Authorities say Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is the suspect in both blasts on Saturday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio survey the damage of a bomb blast in midtown Manhattan on September 18, 2016. (Reuters)

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

What we know on Monday, September 19:

—The suspect: The New York Police Department identified the suspect in Saturday’s bombing as Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, a New Jersey resident. New Jersey State Police say he is also wanted for the explosion Saturday in Seaside Park. Rahami is reportedly in custody.

—The bombs in New York City: The blast occurred at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday at West 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 29 people. Several hours later, NYPD found what appeared to be a pressure-cooker bomb four blocks away on West 27th Street.

—The bombs in New Jersey: There was an explosion Saturday near the starting point of a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park. Then late Sunday, authorities said several bombs, including pipe bombs, were found inside a backpack near the train station in Elizabeth.

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11:44 a.m.

Images are emerging on social media of Ahmad Khan Rahami’s capture. Authorities have not independently confirmed these images.

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11:26 a.m.

President Obama said: “We are extremely grateful that nobody was killed.” He said “at this point” there was no connection to the stabbings over the weekend in Minnesota.

“Our counterterrorism professionals ... are working together to prevent attacks and keep us safe,” he said. “They are the best of the best.”

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11:21 a.m.

Ahmad Khan Rahami is reportedly in custody, according to NBC News and a coalition of reporters in New York City:

City leaders and law-enforcement officials are expected to hold a news conference in which they’ll provide more details.

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10:23 a.m.

We’re learning more about Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in the New York and New Jersey blasts. The New York Times reports he and his family lived above the fast-food restaurant, First American Fried Chicken, they operated in Elizabeth, New Jersey. And, the newspaper says, Rahami had a penchant for fast cars.

Police and FBI agents searched multiple homes and businesses in the southern part of Elizabeth for Rahami, and authorities released new images of the suspect.

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9:51 a.m.

Authorities in New Jersey say Ahmad Khan Rahami is also wanted for the explosion Saturday in Seaside Park.

This marks the first time authorities are publicly connecting the weekend’s blasts in New York City and New Jersey.

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8:28 a.m.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Ahmad Khan Rahami “could be armed and dangerous.” “Anyone seeing him should call 911 immediately,” he said.

Speaking on ABC’s Good Morning America, de Blasio said there would be increased police presence in the city. When asked if the blast was an act of terrorism, he replied: “It's definitely leaning in that direction.”

De Blasio also said the five people detained late Sunday after their car was pulled over on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, headed to Brooklyn, were being questioned.

On CNN, Andrew Cuomo, the New York governor, said he “would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act.” On Sunday, he’d said the blast didn’t appear to be linked to international terrorism.

ABC News, meanwhile, reported that it appears likely the blast in New York and the incidents in New Jersey are connected, though law-enforcement officials have not publicly linked the incidents.

—The suspect in the New York City bombing has been identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, a New Jersey resident.

—A bomb detonated in Manhattan Saturday night, injuring 29 people. None of the injuries were life threatening, and all those wounded were released from the hospital Sunday. A second, undetonated device was found in the city after the blast, and was removed by police.

—New York’s governor called the explosion as “an act of terrorism,” but the mayor and police chief stopped short of saying the blast was motivated by terrorism.

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New York City Police have identified the bombing suspect as Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28.

Bill de Blasio, the New York City mayor, said Raham was a New Jersey resident.

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A powerful explosion in Manhattan injured 29 people, sent shrapnel flying, shattered windows, and prompted widespread street closures Saturday night. Police later found a second device, which did not go off, a few blocks away.

The blast occurred at around 8:30 p.m. at West 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Twenty-nine people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. All the victims were treated and released from the hospital by Sunday morning.

New York police said Sunday the device had “some components indicative of an IED,” an improvised explosive device.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters Sunday the explosion was “an act of terrorism.” But at another press conference Sunday, New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill did not back up Cuomo’s characterization. “If it is an act of terrorism, we’re going to come out and say it,” said O’Neill, who is in his second day on the job as commissioner.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also stopped short of describing the explosion as an act of terrorism. “We’re going to be very careful and patient to get to the full truth here,” he said Sunday afternoon, after Cuomo’s remarks. “We are not going to jump to conclusions.”

Officials say preliminary evidence does not show any connection to foreign terrorist organizations.

Cuomo said 1,000 state and National Guard officers have been dispatched to major commuter hubs in the city. De Blasio described the police presence as “bigger than ever.”

Several hours after the explosion, the NYPD found a second device four blocks away on West 27th Street. That device appeared to be a pressure-cooker bomb, of the kind used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s a photo:

The NYPD’s bomb squad removed the device from the site and is still examining it. Cuomo said Sunday this device was similar to the one that detonated. City officials said Saturday night’s incident was not connected to a pipe-bomb explosion in New Jersey near the starting point of a Marine Corps charity race on Saturday morning. No one was injured, and the motive behind the bomb is not yet known. New York police is reviewing video footage from both crime scenes on 6th Avenue and have asked the public to call in with tips. The department is investigating the explosion with the help of state police, FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The explosion comes one week before the United Nations brings dozens of world leaders and diplomats to New York City for its annual General Assembly gathering. This article will be updated.

This article will be updated.

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic.

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