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‘Chelsea bomber’ convicted in attempted murder trial stemming from New Jersey shootout with police

Posted at 2:52 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 15:21:35-04

ELIZABETH, N.J. — A New Jersey man already serving a life term for planting bombs in New York City has been convicted of attempted murder and assault stemming from a shootout with police three years ago.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi was charged on Sept. 20, 2016, with attempted murder of a law enforcement official. (Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

Ahmad Khan Rahimi sat quietly during the reading of the verdicts Tuesday

Rahimi engaged police in a gun battle after they found him in Linden, New Jersey. He fired at several officers and was wounded himself.

The jury deliberated over two days before convicting the Afghanistan-born naturalized U.S. citizen of all 30 counts.

Rahimi’s attorney argued his client acted in self-defense.

A New York jury convicted Rahimi last year of setting off a bomb, injuring 30 people. A second bomb failed to go off.

Rahimi also is charged in New Jersey with placing bombs in two locations.