Manhattan and New Jersey suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami didn't act alone, says anti-terror expert

Expert dismisses lone wolf idea in Manhattan and New Jersey bombings

Police officers patrol the streets of Linden after Ramani's arrest (Getty)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Counter-terrorism expert David Videcette has dismissed the idea that Ahmad Khan Rahami acted as a lone wolf. 

The main suspect behind the Manhattan bombing and the devices found in New Jersey was captured in a shoot-out in Linden on Monday

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, called the bombings the actions of a lone wolf. However Videcette, a former counterterror detective, rubbished this theory in an interview with talkRADIO.

"This man, who's born in Afghanistan, but has spent most of his adult life in New York," he told Julia Hartley-brewer. "It's hard to criminalise someone just because they've been somewhere, but he's been travelling back and forth several times to Afghanistan. 

"This is clearly where he's been radicalised, and learnt how to make bombs which you can set off with mobile telephones.

"I cannot understand how the US authorities are saying he's not on any form of radar. This doesn't sound like a lone wolf to me."