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New York jihadi gets life in jail for pressure cooker bomb
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New York jihadi gets life in jail for pressure cooker bomb

A man who set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block, was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a 30-year-old naturalized US citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016. 

A second bomb planted nearby did not detonate.

That blast happened just hours after a small pipe bomb exploded along a Marine Corps road race in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, frightening participants but injuring no one.

The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. 

Ahmad Khan Rahimi (seen here in an Elizabeth, New Jersey, courtroom in December 2016), 30, set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block. He was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison

Ahmad Khan Rahimi (seen here in an Elizabeth, New Jersey, courtroom in December 2016), 30, set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block. He was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison

Rahimi is a 30-year-old naturalized US citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey. He is seen above on the left in a drawing by a courtroom artist during the reading of a verdict in his trial on October 16, 2017

Rahimi is a 30-year-old naturalized US citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey. He is seen above on the left in a drawing by a courtroom artist during the reading of a verdict in his trial on October 16, 2017

Rahimi was shot several times but survived.

Federal prosecutors said in court papers that Rahimi has not shown remorse and had tried to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in New York where he has been imprisoned since his arrest.

'He is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology,' they wrote.

Rahimi, given a chance to speak at his sentencing, said: 'I don't harbor hate for anyone.'

Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a US airstrike in September 2011.

Rahimi also allowed some inmates to view materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he spread The Book of Jihad, bomb-making instructions and various issues of a propaganda magazine.

Rahimi injured 30 people when one of his bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016

Rahimi injured 30 people when one of his bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016

A second bomb planted nearby did not detonate. The above photo shows the aftermath of the Chelsea bombing

A second bomb planted nearby did not detonate. The above photo shows the aftermath of the Chelsea bombing

Prosecutors say the inmates Rahimi shared the materials with included Sajmir Alimehmeti, a Bronx man who has been charged with providing material support to the Islamic State.

Rahimi shared the materials with inmates during Friday prayer sessions at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the Manhattan jail where inmates are housed while they await trial or sentencing, the federal government alleged.

After employees at the jail learned of Rahimi's 'radicalization efforts,' they searched his personal property and found an address book with names and inmate numbers of other suspected terrorists, including Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh and Maalik Alim Jones, the federal government alleged.

Al Farekh, a native of Texas, was convicted in 2009 of helping to plot an attack on a US military base in Afghanistan.

Jones, a native of Maryland, pleaded guilty to providing aid to the Shabab terrorist organization in Somalia. 

Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by Osama bin Laden (above) and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a US airstrike in September 2011 Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki (above), a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a US airstrike in September 2011

Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by Osama bin Laden (left) and Anwar al-Awlaki (right), a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a US airstrike in September 2011

Defense attorney Xavier Donaldson said that Rahimi had once aspired to be a police officer and worked as a security guard after studying criminal justice at a community college.

'It was Mr. Rahimi's belief that he could help people while employed in a position that would guarantee him some type of pension,' Donaldson wrote.

While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote.

In December, it was learned that Rahimi wrote a letter to the judge saying that he went on a hunger strike on December 8.

According to the letter, Rahimi went on hunger strike to protest the decision by authorities not to allow his family to visit him in jail.