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Manhattan bomb suspect pleads not guilty to attempted murder

ELIZABETH, N.J. — The man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York, injuring more than 30 people, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder charges in his first in-person court appearance.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who was injured in a shootout with authorities, shuffled slowly into court in a dark-green prison jumpsuit and wearing a white skull cap.

Rahimi faces charges he tried to kill police officers before they captured him Sept. 19 outside a bar in Linden, N.J. He’s also accused of detonating a pipe bomb in New Jersey and a pressure-cooker bomb in New York City.

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In October, an attorney entered not-guilty pleas when the Afghan-born US citizen appeared via video link from his hospital bed in Newark, where he was hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

On Tuesday, prosecutors confirmed to the judge that no plea deal offers had been made to Rahimi.

After the hearing, security personnel closed off the streets around the courthouse as Rahimi was whisked away.

Associated Press