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Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Bomber sentenced to 2 life terms for Manhattan attack

Bomber sentenced to 2 life terms for Manhattan attack

"After two months, they say, 'Your son is not doing any act like a terrorist, '" Rahimi. said "I said, 'You sure he not doing anything?' He say, 'Yeah, is good news'".

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, an Afghan-born immigrant who worked quietly behind the counter of his family's fast-food restaurant before building and planting the bomb that exploded in Manhattan in 2016, was sentenced on Tuesday to two life terms in prison.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi is seen in an undated photo released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after a bombing in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood left 30 injured on September 17, 2016.

Rahimi faces separate charges in other jurisdictions in connection with the Seaside Park bomb, a backpack containing improvised explosive devices found the following day at a transit station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and the shootout with police before he was taken into custody.

Using fingerprints found inside the unexploded devices, authorities tied the Afghan-born US citizen to a series of bombings that injured 30 across the area.

"My son, he did wrong, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation did the wrong, too", the father added. "It is not." Rahimi was convicted on October 16, 2017, following a two-week jury trial before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who also imposed today's sentence.

Given a chance to speak, Rahimi, shackled at the ankles, portrayed himself as a victim, saying he came to America as a 7-year-old boy with no hatred for anyone and was raised by a father in a household where there was no mention of what his father experienced during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. "He's proud of what he has done".

He placed another bomb several blocks away.

Rahimi also allowed some inmates to view materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he spread "The Book of Jihad", bomb-making instructions and various issues of a propaganda magazine.

Rahimi's lawyer, Xavier Donaldson, argued that the court should impose a sentence of only 15 years or less on top of the mandatory 30-year and life terms.

He urged a sentence not based on what people think terrorists might inspire or the fear they may cause.

"I did not hear an ounce of justification", US District Judge Richard Berman. She's still being treated for muscle spasms in her back.

She lambasted Rahimi for not apologising to his victims. "You have no remorse for what you did".

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