NEW YORK – He said he doesn’t “harbor hate for anyone.” Yet his actions that would indicate otherwise landed him a life sentence in prison.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 30, was sentenced today in federal court in Manhattan for his 2016 convictions for planting bombs in Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30. A pipe bomb he planted in Seaside Park also exploded, though no injuries were reported. The bomb went off during a Marine Corps charity race.
Rahimi is an Afghan-born, U.S. naturalized citizen who lived in Elizabeth.
Jersey Shore Online reached out to Seaside Park mayor Robert Matthies for comment. He sent a statement Feb. 14.
“Whether one lives in Seaside Park or any other small community in New Jersey, the fact that a terrorist act planned to disrupt your way of life, harm and kill innocent people, could even take place shocks you into the reality that the world is becoming smaller and we are becoming more venerable to radical ideologies and the crazy people who are attached to them,” Matthies said.”
He continued: “What could have been one of the most tragic days in Seaside Park history was thankfully averted by sheer luck and the skilled and professional actions of law enforcement responders, and that our system of justice has responded and passed judgement to protect us all.”