Early Monday morning, authorities began questioning several people as they tried to determine any possible connection between an explosion in the bustling New York City neighborhood of Manhattan, an unexploded pressure-cooker device found blocks away, and a pipe bomb blast in New Jersey.
New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo said the Saturday night blast in Manhattan that injured 29 people didn't appear to be linked to international terrorism.
The New York Police Department tweeted Monday morning that authorities were seeking 28-year-old , Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan. Rahami's last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where the FBI executed a search warrant on Monday morning.
The apartment search began after one of the five devices found at the nearby Elizabeth train station exploded while a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it. No one was injured in this incident.
Law enforcement officials took Rahami into custody late Monday morning following a shootout with police officers.
Two officers were shot in the encounter in Linden, New Jersey when Rahami was found sleeping in a bar hallway.
Linden, New Jersey, Mayor Derek Armstead says the owner of a bar found the man sleeping in his hallway Monday morning. He says the man pulled out a handgun and fired at the officers, hitting one in a bulletproof vest, and another in the hand. The man then began firing as he ran down the street and police shot him in the leg. The man was conscious when he was taken away in an ambulance.
Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage says county authorities told him that the officers shot are expect to be OK.
President Barack Obama says investigators are focusing on the person of interest in the New York and New Jersey bombings, which have been connected by police, but sees no connection to the stabbings in central Minnesota.
Obama says the country is "extremely fortunate" nobody was killed in the bombings. He says he's spoken to the governors of New Jersey and New York and pledged all needed federal assistance.
the president is echoing FBI officials who have said they're investigating the Minnesota stabbings as a potential act of terrorism.
Obama is urging Americans to report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials.