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Ahmad Khan Rahami. (Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Terror probe

Social media posts suggest bombing suspect’s family has jihadist tendencies

September 21, 2016

As federal authorities continue the investigation into Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in the New York and New Jersey bombings, it’s becoming clear that he was inspired by extremists like al Qaeda and ISIS, according to writings he made in a notebook. But whether he had help from family members or they shared sympathetic views with him has not been disclosed by authorities yet. Still, journalists around the world are digging into social media profiles of his sister and brothers. And his wife, Asia Bibi Rahimi (an alternate spelling of Rahami), has cooperated with federal authorities. ABC News obtained a photo of Rahimi, who left the country in June for her native Pakistan, and reported that she voluntarily submitted to an interview with the FBI and authorities in the United Arab Emirates. NBC News reported Wednesday that U.S. law enforcement officials said she is on her way back to the U.S. and is in custody, but has not been arrested and is not considered a suspect. According to the report, she told investigators that she had no knowledge of her husband’s alleged bombing plans.

A review of the social media accounts of Aziza Rahami, a relative of the suspect believed to possibly be a sister, shows that she posted jihadist propaganda on numerous occasions. Emma-Kate Symons, a Women in the World contributor, managed to capture screen shots of some of the content Aziza Rahami posted on her Facebook page over the last three years before the page was deactivated.

One item showed the Twin Towers under attack on 9/11 and praised the efficacy of terrorism.

She also posted this graphic of a Rabia sign, commonly used by the Muslim Brotherhood, in 2013.

Another post in February 2014 spread a conspiracy theory that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks and used Muslims as the scapegoat.

Photos posted on Facebook by the suspect’s brother, Mohammed Rahami, apparently showed the two men in Pakistan around the year 2013, according to The Express. Authorities investigating the case have said that Rahami made several lengthy trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan — where he met his wife — during which time he may have become radicalized. Indeed, Rahami’s father alerted the FBI about his son over terrorism fears in 2014, but the FBI determined he hadn’t been consorting with any radical groups.


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