Bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has been directly linked to devices in New York and New Jersey, FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said today. 

Sweeney also said a traffic stop of five people in New York led to searches and interviews in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Rahami's last known address was in Elizabeth, and an explosives-laden backpack was found there Sunday night. 

Officials believe Rahami is linked to that backpack, a bombing Saturday in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and a bombing in New York that wounded 29 people. 

"We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. He previously resisted calling it terrorism.

In other developments:

  • Rahami was taken into surgery after his shootout with police.
  • The Rahami family cited discrimination and harassment in a a 2011 lawsuit filed against the city of Elizabeth and the Elizabeth Police Department.

  • The owner of a bar in Linden, New Jersey, said he spotted Rahami sleeping in the doorway of his bar this morning and alerted police. He said he had been watching CNN on his laptop when he recognized the suspect.



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