Should citizens who travel to unstable countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia be automatically placed under surveillance on a watch list?
The naturalized American citizen Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in New York and New Jersey bomb plots that injured 29 people in NYC’s Chelsea neighbourhood, took a trip to Afghanistan in 2014. Upon his return, friends noticed that he had changed, becoming “more religious” and dressing differently.
28-year-old Rahami, whose family operates First American Fried Chicken in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was a big fan of Honda Civics and fast cars, but became more quiet after his trip four years ago.
Monday morning saw Rahami captured by Linden, N.J. police after he was discovered sleeping outside of a bar. Just hours before, authorities sent a text alert to millions of Americans asking them to keep an eye out for Rahami.
During the running shootout between police and the suspect, an officer was hit in his bullet-proof vest and Rahami was shot several times, but will live.