NYC/NJ Bombing Suspect’s Father Told The FBI That His Son Was A Terrorist In 2014
The father of the NYC/NJ bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, says that two years ago in 2014, he went to the FBI and told them that his son was a terrorist.
His father, Mohammad spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said, “Two years I called the FBI, my son, he’s doing very bad, OK? But they check it almost two months… They say he’s clean, he’s not a terrorist. I said, ‘OK.’ Now they say he is a terrorist. I say, ‘OK.'”
According to Rahami, his son Ahmad stabbed his brother and hit Mohammad’s wife.
A source told Fox News that the FBI’s Newark field office looked into the accusations and found that Ahmad Rahami was in jail at the time for assault charges and that agents interviewed his father, but he then recanted.
Officials said that Rahami was never interviewed by the FBI and was never placed on a list of potential terrorists.
“He recanted immediately – he left that part out. He said he didn’t mean his son was a terrorist, just that he was interested in gang activity and watching violent videos. There was no derogatory information on him, and no basis to continue the investigation,” the source said.
When Ahmad Rahami was captured, a notebook was found that was pierced with a bullet hole and covered with blood.
A law enforcement official told the New York Times that in the notebook were things written that were sympathetic to jihad’s. It called for the “killing of the kufar,” which means non-believers. He also referenced and praised Osama Bin Laden, the Boston Marathon bombers, and Anwar al-Awlaki who was al-Qaeda’s leading propagandist.
Between 2010 and 2014, Rahami took several trips to Pakistan and Aghanistan. It is unknown if he received any weapons training from jihadists, but he did have a firearms license.
Two of his friends, Amarjit Singh and Jonathan Wagner, told the New York Times that when he returned from a trip to Afghanistan he was wearing traditional Muslim robes.
Ahmad’s father, Mohammad, also told Wagner that he once fought against the Soviet army in the 1980’s as a part of the mujaheddin, a group that brought about the likes of Osama Bin Laden and other prominent terrorists.
In 2014, Ahmad married a woman in Pakistan and wrote to New Jersey Rep. Albio Sires to get her a visa so that she could come to the U.S. She was not allowed to come to the U.S. because at the time,she was still pregnant and first had to give birth to it so that the baby could get a visa.
She was able to eventually come to the U.S., but just days before the bombings in New York City and New Jersey, she left for Pakistan. She was detained by authorities in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, a U.S. official told The Los Angeles Times.
In 2013, Ahmad’s brother, Mohammad, posted a meme of extremist fighters with the quote, “I bring men who desire death as ardently as you desire life.”