After taking him into custody, police started investigating Ahmad Rahami, in order to find out what determined him to commit this weekend’s bombings in New York and New Jersey.
According to CNN, the 28-year-old, who lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with his family, was apparently making lengthy trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also spent some time in jail, after a family dispute. However, the most interesting details is that back in 2014, his family had an initial contact with the FBI.
His family was suspicious about his past activities
The same source mentions that federal agents have interviewed Ahmad Rahami’s father two years ago, after a violent domestic dispute. Rahami was being called a terrorist by his father, who eventually contacted the FBI after the dispute and expressed his concerns regarding his son.
Eventually, the man changed his mind, claiming that it was just a misunderstanding and the FBI closed the case, without interviewing Ahmad Rahami as well, who, during that time, was in jail after stabbing one of his relatives. Therefore, he wasn’t placed in an FBI database of potential terrorists.
There’s no connection with ISIS, apparently
After capturing the bombings suspect this Monday, police officers found a notebook which could provide some essential details about Rahami’s past. The document mentioned the bombers responsible for the Boston Marathon attacks, as well as Anwar al-Awlaki, the imam who was an al Quaeda spokesman in the Arabian peninsula. This last details supports the theory that this weekend’s attacks aren’t ISIS-related.
Also, the notebook had a bullet hole in it, but police officers can’t tell if this was made before or after the shootout that led to Ahmad Rahami’s capture.