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Judge Denies Chelsea Bombing Suspect's Bid to Dismiss Attempted Murder Charges in NJ Police Gunfight

Ahmad Rahimi is accused of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey that wounded 31 people in September, as well as trying to kill police officers during his capture

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    A man charged with setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York spoke with the FBI for days after his arrest as he was recovering from gunshot wounds, a prosecutor told a judge on Thursday. Erica Byfield reports. (Published Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016)

    What to Know

    • Ahmad Rahimi allegedly planted bombs in NYC and NJ in September that exploded, injuring 31 people but killing no one

    • A manhunt was launched after the bombings, and Rahimi got into a gunfight with two Linden, NJ, police officers who came upon him

    • The two officers were injured but not seriously; Rahimi faces charges of attempted murder in their case

    A judge has denied a request to dismiss attempted murder charges against the man accused of setting off bombs last year in New Jersey and New York, injuring more than 30 people. 

    Deputy Public Defender Peter Liguori had argued there was no evidence Ahmad Rahimi intended to kill police officers during a Sept. 19 gunbattle in Linden. 

    But the judge found there is sufficient evidence to support the charge. 

    Liguori had said Rahimi was "firing over his shoulder" as he fled. But prosecutors said police testified Rahimi was aiming at them. 

    At the time, Rahimi was being sought for allegedly planting two bombs in Chelsea and two in New Jersey, one at the Jersey Shore along the route of a Marine 5K and another in Elizabeth. 

    No trial date has been set.

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