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This September 2016 photo provided by Union County Prosecutor’s Office shows Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder of police officers in the shootout that led to his capture Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. He is the suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. (Union County Prosecutor’s Office via AP)

Federal officials charge Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey


Ahmad Khan Rahami charged with planting bombs [UPDATE - 6:56 p.m.]

Federal officials have charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting Saturday's bombs in New York and New Jersey. 

Rahami faces charges for use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing, destruction of property and use of a destructive device.

The criminal complaint was reportedly unsealed Tuesday at a federal court in Manhattan.

The Associated Press contributed to this update. 

Did Rahami have help? [UPDATE - 5:50 p.m.]

Although Rahami has been identified as the primary suspect in Saturday's New York and New Jersey explosions, it is unclear whether he had help. 

FBI Assitant Director WIlliam F. Sweeney Jr. told CNN there is "no indication" of an active terrorist cell in the New York area. 

Evidence, however, suggests he wasn't working alone.

Surveillance video shows a man believed to be Rahami dragging a duffel bag in the area where the New York explosion happened.

After he leaves, two other men appear in the video and remove what appears to be a white garbage bag. That all happened in the same area where authorities found the pressure cooker. 

Was he affiliated with a terror group? 

A notebook Rahami had with him when he was taken into custody contained references to terrorists such as the Boston Marathon bombers. 

In the notebook, he also references Anwar al-Awlaki, who was a spokesman for al Qaeda.

According to CNN, authorities said the reference to al-Awlaki suggests that Rahami's attack may have been ISIS-inspired.

"This has the flavor of someone who was self-radicalized and perhaps who was inspired but not instructed," New York state homeland security adviser Michael Balboni told CNN.

Why wasn't he on the terror watch list?

U.S. officials told CNN Tuesday the FBI did discuss Rahami with his father in 2014. The discussion happened after his son stabbed a relative. There are conflicting reports about whether the FBI or Rahami's father initiated the interview.

The suspect's father told reporters that he contacted the FBI to express concerns about his son. But in the interview, officials said the father downplayed his concern.

Officials determined that it was a domestic dispute.

Where was Rahami's wife? 

The wife of the man linked to Saturday's New York and New Jersey explosions is now cooperating with investigators. 

Ahmad Khan Rahami's wife, Asia Bibi Rahami, has not been accused of any wrongdoing, authorities told CNN. 

A law enforcement official told CNN Rahami's wife left the country before the bombing and is scheduled to fly back the United States this week. 

Asia Bibi Rahami is currently in the United Arab Emirates. 

Rahami married his wife in Pakistan in July 2011, according to CNN. 

That same year, he reportedly filed a petition to bring Asia Bibi Rahami back to the U.S. 

An official told CNN the paperwork was approved in 2012. 

In 2014, the couple ran into problems with Asia Bibi Rahami's paperwork and asked a congressman for help.

US Rep. Albio Sires told CNN Rahami contacted his office about his wife's visa. 

Apparently, her Pakistani passport had expired and the U.S. Consulate would not issue her an immigrant visa until her passport was renewed. 

Shortly after renewing her passport, Asia Bibi Rahami, found out she was pregnant and officials told her they wouldn't issue a new visa until after the child was born.

Sires told CNN the consulate had advised Rahami to travel to Pakistan, but he argued it was too dangerous. 

Ahmad Khan Rahami was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer in Union County, New York Monday.

Those charges are in connection with his shootout with police Monday morning. 

He is being held on a $5.2 million bail. 

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