- NBC News
New surveillance footage obtained by NBC News reportedly shows the moment the suspect in last weekend’s bombings in New York and New Jersey left a bag containing a bomb on West 27th Street in Manhattan.
The video shows a man, whom NBC identifies as Ahmad Khan Rahami, leaving a rolling suitcase containing a homemade pressure-cooker bomb on the sidewalk. Two men happened upon the suitcase and, after rummaging through it, removed the plastic-bag-wrapped pressure cooker and took the suitcase.
The FBI is looking to speak with the two men as witnesses.
The video shows multiple passersby walk past the plastic bag containing the bomb before the authorities were alerted. One person appears to kick the bag, and another person appears to nudge it curiously.
The woman who eventually called 911 to report the device told the New York Post she initially thought it was a kid’s “science experiment.”
A bomb squad removed the pressure cooker, which was found to contain an explosive charge, ball bearings, and steel nuts.
While no one was hurt on West 27th Street, another bomb that authorities say was left by Rahami exploded on West 23rd Street and injured 29 people on Saturday evening. Rahami is also suspected of leaving explosive devices at various locations in New Jersey.
Rahami was taken into custody following a shootout with the police on Monday. He was officially charged with planting explosives on Tuesday.