The New York bombing suspect said that he had received instructions from “terrorist leaders… to attack non-believers where they live”, as he was charged on Tuesday night with the use of weapons of mass destruction.
Ahmad Khan Rahami’s journal revealed that he accused the US of slaughtering Islamist fighters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and the Palestinian territories.
The document ends: “The sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death To Your OPPRESSION.”
Rahami was on Tuesday night charged by federal prosecutors with four counts, including the use of weapons of mass destruction and bombing a public place.
His wife, Asia Bibi Rahami, left the United States shortly before Saturday’s attacks and was stopped in the United Arab Emirates, US media reported. She is cooperating with investigators, a US official told CNN, and has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
The number of wounded in Saturday night’s bomb attack in Manhattanwas revised up from 29 to 31 and included a Briton. A second bomb nearby did not detonate and there were two further unsuccessful attempted bombings in New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday.