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Given Life in Prison, Chelsea Bomber Complains of Muslim Harassment

14 February 2018

A NY judge handed down multiple life sentences to an Islamic State terrorist Tuesday for carrying out multiple bombings across the state in 2016.

Afghan native Ahmad Rahimi, 30-a naturalized American citizen who lived in Elizabeth, N.J. -was sentenced to life in prison for carrying out and attempting to execute bombings in New York City in September 2016.

Investigators said Rahimi left his home in New Jersey on the morning of September 17, 2016, with several homemade bombs.

"Rahimi's conviction and sentencing are victories for New York City and our nation in the fight against terror".

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Berman approved restitution to victims at the sum of $562,803 as proposed by the government.

Rahimi said repeatedly during a 12-minute standing address to the court that he didn't harbor any hatred, but that his growing adherence to Islam caused him to face more harassment from Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at airports after returning to the US from travel to the Dominican Republic, Manchester and Pakistan.

"Rahimi placed two ticking bombs in a crowded Manhattan neighborhood on a warm Saturday night", O'Neill said.

Pauline Nelson, a mother of four who was driving near the bomb when it went off, shot Rahimi daggers as she railed against his courtroom demeanor.

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"With the sentencing of Ahmad Khan Rahimi to multiple terms of life in prison, justice has been served", Cuomo said in a statement. "His clear intention was to take as many lives as possible". Hours later, in the Chelsea section of Manhattan at 23rd Street, another pressure-cooker bomb blew up inside of a Dumpster, blowing out windows of nearby buildings and projecting shrapnel hundreds of yards away.

A second bomb forced the cancellation of a US Marine Corps run in the New Jersey town of Seaside Park. An unrelated delay to start the race was the only reason there were no fatalities or injuries, officials said at the time.

Rahimi, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with New Jersey police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence.

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Given Life in Prison, Chelsea Bomber Complains of Muslim Harassment