A man who described himself as a childhood friend of the man wanted in connection with the New York City bombing told the Herald the suspect had made a life-changing trip to Afghanistan two years ago. “At one point he left to go to Afghanistan, and two years ago he came back, popped up out of nowhere and he was real religious,” friend Flee Jones, 27, said of suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami. “And it was shocking.
I’m trying to understand what’s going on. I’ve never seen him like this.” Police this morning released a photo of Rahami, a 28-year-old Afghan immigrant and U.S. citizen, wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked a Manhattan neighborhood and a New Jersey shore town. A man believed to be Rahami has been taken into custody after a gunfight in nearby Linden. READ MORE