NEW YORK — A man charged with setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York shuffled slowly into a Manhattan courtroom Thursday to face federal terrorism charges as his lawyer expressed worries that a federal lockup could not adequately care for injuries stemming from his shootout with police.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 28, listened as US Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn read him his rights and the charges against him during a brief morning appearance after he was transferred into federal custody at 5 a.m. No plea was required because he has yet to be indicted.
The Afghanistan-born US citizen was hospitalized for weeks for treatment of multiple bullet wounds after a police shootout during his Sept. 19 capture outside a bar in Linden, N.J.
Rahimi is charged with detonating a pipe bomb along a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, N.J., and planting two pressure cooker bombs in New York City.
One of those devices did not explode. The other one detonated in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 30.
Netburn formally notified him that he faced four federal charges: the use of weapons of mass destruction, the bombing of a public place, the destruction of property through fire or explosion, and the use of a destructive device during a crime of violence.
Rahimi, speaking softly, acknowledged that he understood the charges while his attorney, David Patton, waived a public reading of them.