New York bomber sentenced to life in prison

New York bomber sentenced to life in prison

The man who set off pressure cooker bombs in New York and New Jersey in 2016 has been sentenced to life.

The Afghan-born US citizen, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, injured 31 people when he set off a bomb in Manhattan.

According to federal prosecutors, the 30-year-old has not shown remorse and has attempted to radicalise others in prison to support ISIS, BBC reported.

Rahimi was convicted in 2017 October on all eight counts brought against him in court, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place.

On the morning of 17 September 2016, Rahimi left his home with several homemade bombs. The first bombing location he chose was along the route of a Marine Corps charity race in New Jersey. Due to a last-minute change to the race schedule, no people were injured when that pipe bomb detonated.

Investigators said Rahimi then planted two bombs in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York but one failed to detonate.

Rahimi was arrested two days after the attacks following a shootout with police in New Jersey, which left him in hospital for weeks.

Rahimi had pledged silence at his trial in a letter to an "associate" in Germany, prosecutors said, but he did not follow through with this.