(NEW YORK) — The wife of New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami is back in the U.S. after being questioned by the FBI and local authorities in the United Arab Emirates. A senior law enforcement official said the woman, Asia Bibi Rahami, has been cooperative “to a certain degree.”
The official said that information provided by Asia Rahami could be of “immense value” in clarifying the motive for her husband’s alleged bombings and attempted bombings.
The FBI told ABC News Wednesday that Asia Rahami voluntarily submitted to questioning while in transit through the U.A.E.
Ahmad Rahami is still believed to be in a New Jersey hospital, where he was taken after being shot by police Monday. Rahami is suspected of planting two bombs in New York City — one of which exploded, injuring 31 people — and several others in New Jersey. One of the bombs in New Jersey exploded but didn’t kill or injure anyone, and the rest failed to detonate before police recovered them. He has been charged with a litany of crimes related to the bombings, in addition to attempted murder charges for allegedly opening fire on police Monday just before he was apprehended.
A journal that officials say was found on Rahami contained anti-American writings and praise for well-known terrorist figures including al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, American-born al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani.
Authorities are still trying to determine whether Rahami acted alone. Investigators are also attempting to identify two men who were spotted on a surveillance video purportedly taking a suitcase that house one of the bombs on New York’s 27th street. The men are considered “witnesses” and are not in danger of being arrested, officials said Wednesday.
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